hesitate


hesitate
hes|i|tate [ˈhezıteıt] v
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of haesitare 'to stick firmly, hesitate', from haerere 'to stick']
1.)
to pause before saying or doing something because you are nervous or not sure
Kay hesitated for a moment and then said 'yes'.
hesitate about/over
He was still hesitating over whether to leave or not.
2.) don't hesitate to do sth
used to tell someone that it is correct or right for them to do something and they do not have to worry about offending anyone
Don't hesitate to contact me if you need any more information.
>hesitatingly[i] adv

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