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verb [intransitive] waver pronunciation in British English /ˈweɪvə(r)/
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present tense
present participlewavering
past tensewavered
past participlewavered
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  1. 1
    if a person wavers, they are not certain about what to say or do
    waver between:

    Cynthia was wavering between visiting her parents and going to Mexico.

    not waver in something:

    Sarah didn’t once waver in her support for the team.

    not waver from something (=be determined to do it):

    Alfred has not wavered from his decision to move to France.

  2. 2
    if a light or image wavers, it is not steady and it shakes or changes a lot

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