hesitate

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. i. falter, waiver, shrink, demur; pause. See doubt, stammering, unwillingness.
II
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. falter, stutter, fluctuate, vacillate, pause, stop, hold off, hold back, be dubious, be uncertain, flounder, alternate, straddle, hover, scruple, balk, ponder, think about, defer, stay one's hand, delay, wait, think it over, change one's mind, trim, recoil, shy at, demur, dally, seesaw back and forth, not know what to do, be irresolute, pull back, catch one's breath, weigh and consider, oscillate, hang back, swerve, tergiversate, debate, shift, shrink, wait, deliberate, linger, balance, equivocate, think twice*, drag one's feet*, hang off*, shilly-shally*, hem and haw*, blow hot and cold*, dillydally*, straddle the fence*, leave up in the air*, make bones about*, hang in the air*, do figure eights*; see also stammer , waver .
Ant. decide, resolve*, conclude.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
pause, hem and haw, falter, balk, waver, stall, wait, *dillydally, *waffle, dither, hang back, pussyfoot, *drag one's feet.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To be irresolute in acting or doing: dither, falter, halt2, pause, shilly-shally, stagger, vacillate, waver, wobble. See DECIDE.

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