from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be slow to act, speak, or decide.
- intransitive v. To pause in uncertainty; waver.
- intransitive v. To be reluctant.
- intransitive v. To speak haltingly; falter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination.
- v. To stammer; to falter in speaking.
- v. To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination
- intransitive v. To stammer; to falter in speaking.
- transitive v. To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold back in doubt or indecision; refrain or delay by reason of uncertainty or difficulty of decision or choice: as, he hesitated to believe the report; they hesitate about taking so dangerous a step.
- To halt or falter in speech, through indecision or embarrassment; make irregular involuntary pauses; stammer.
- Synonyms Waver, etc. (see scruple); delay, vacillate, deliberate, doubt, be undetermined, demur.
- See stammner.
- To utter or express with hesitation or reluctantly; insinuate dubiously.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
- v. pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
Latin haesitāre, haesitāt-, to hesitate, frequentative of haerēre, to hold fast.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin haesitatus, past participle of haesitare, intensive of haerere ("to hesitate, stick fast; to hang or hold fast"). Compare aghast, gaze, adhere. (Wiktionary)