[hez-i-teyt] /ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), hesitated, hesitating.
to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination:
She hesitated to take the job.
to have scruples or doubts; be unwilling:
He hesitated to break the law.
I hesitated before reciting the next line.
to falter in speech; stammer:
Embarrassment caused the speaker to hesitate.
to hold back or be slow in acting; be uncertain
to be unwilling or reluctant (to do something)
to stammer or pause in speaking
1620s, from Latin haesitatum, past participle of haesitare (see hesitation). Related: Hesitated; hesitating.
[hez-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌhɛz ɪˈteɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act of ; a delay due to uncertainty of mind or fear: His hesitation cost him the championship. 2. a state of doubt or uncertainty. 3. a halting or faltering in speech. n. c.1400, from Old French hesitacion or directly from Latin haesitationem (nominative haesitatio) “a hesitation, […]
noun 1. a waltz based on the frequent use of a step that consists of a pause and glide.
[hez-i-tey-tiv] /ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. characterized by hesitation; . adj. 1795, from hesitate + -ive. Related: Hesitatively.
[hes-per] /ˈhɛs pər/ noun 1. .