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verb [intransitive] hesitate pronunciation in British English /ˈhezɪteɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhesitate
he/she/ithesitates
present participlehesitating
past tensehesitated
past participlehesitated
  1. to pause before doing something, or to do something very slowly, usually because you are nervous, embarrassed, or worried

    He hesitated a moment, and then knocked on the door.

    hesitate to do something:

    My mother never hesitates to tell me when I look bad.

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