Pronunciation: (hez'i-tāt"), [key]
—v.i., -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
1. to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination: She hesitated to take the job.
2. to have scruples or doubts; be unwilling: He hesitated to break the law.
3. to pause: I hesitated before reciting the next line.
4. to falter in speech; stammer: Embarrassment caused the speaker to hesitate.
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