hesitate hesitate  /ˈhɛ zə ˌteɪt/


  1. (v) pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
  2. (v) interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing


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  1. A senior federal law enforcement official told PTI that the paralyzed and often lax House ethics committee has created a vacuum that prosecutors won't hesitate to fill.
  2. He didn't hesitate to tell President Obama that he needed more troops in Afghanistan, and won an additional 21,000 troops to aid more than 35,000 already there.
  3. People hesitate or try to sit down before sliding.


  1. 9 Ways to Negotiate the Salary You Want

    Money can be a highly sensitive topic to discuss in any context, but even more so during the interview process. With a quality job on the line, you may hesitate to press a hard bargain for the salary you want.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: U.S.News & World Report LP via Yahoo! News

  2. Translating Success: Las Crucen helps Los Angeles Dodgers star

    LAS CRUCES -- The initial interaction with Tim Bravo, by phone one evening, was short, yet fitting. He would simply hesitate, before saying softly, "I can't talk right now.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Carlsbad Current-Argus

  3. Blackhawks third line in rut... enough Saad

    CHICAGO — Brandon Saad didn’t hesitate when asked whether he needs more offensive production for the Blackhawks. “You always want to produce,” he said after Monday’s optional practice at the United Center. “Especially being an offensive forward, that’s something you want to do. There’s still time.” And there’s no time like the Stanley Cup Final to find a spark.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Boston Herald


  1. In his remarks at the Naval Air Station, Obama said he will "never hesitate to use force to protect the American people or our vital interests."
    on Oct 26, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: USA Today

  2. "I didn't hesitate, no," Mrs Palin said. "I answered him yes, because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can't blink. You have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on,...
    on Sep 12, 2008 By: Sarah Palin Source: Belfast Telegraph

  3. "He took a million of those shots this summer, and he didn't hesitate," Rivers said. "That was my favorite play for him."
    on Jun 6, 2010 By: Doc Rivers Source: NBA.com

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