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hesitate

verb [I] uk   us   /ˈhez.ɪ.teɪt/
B2 to pause before you do or say something, often because you are uncertain or nervous about it: She hesitated slightly before answering the detective's question. "Do you love me?" she asked. He hesitated and then said, "I'm not sure." [+ to infinitive] If you need anything, don't hesitate to call me.
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