February 18, 2017
- hesitate (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to stop or pause because of uncertainty or indecision2 : to be unwilling3 : stammer
- How do you use it?
- "He rushes on and on, never missing his footing, never hesitating, threading his way with perfect skill between tree-trunks, jumping over bush and briar and the smaller streams, wading the larger, swimming the largest of all." (C. S. Lewis, _The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe_)
- Are you a word wiz?
There is more than one way to pause in your actions. Which word do you think is a synonym of "hesitate"?We hope you didn't hesitate to choose D. "Hesitate," "waver," "vacillate," and "falter" mean to show indecision or uncertainty. "Hesitate" implies a pause before deciding, acting, or choosing, as in "She hesitated before answering the question." "Waver" implies making a decision but then changing your mind or becoming unsure, as in "They wavered in their support of the candidate." "Vacillate" implies the inability to reach a firm decision, as in "He continued to vacillate between joining the drama club or the basketball team." "Falter" suggests failing to continue on a chosen course and often suggests nervousness or fear, as in "We never faltered in our determination to win."