Synonyms of hesitate in English:


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1‘she hesitated, unsure of what to say’


pause, delay, hang back, wait, shilly-shally, dither, stall, temporize, be in two minds, be in a quandary, be in a dilemma, be on the horns of a dilemma

be uncertain, be hesitant, be unsure, be doubtful, be indecisive, equivocate, vacillate, oscillate, waver, have second thoughts

British haver, hum and haw

Scottish swither

informal dilly-dally, blow hot and cold


be resolute, be certain

2‘please do not hesitate to contact me’


be reluctant, be unwilling, be disinclined, scruple

have misgivings about, have qualms about, be ambivalent about, feel uneasy about, shrink from, demur from, hang back from, think twice about, be diffident about, baulk at, boggle at


be willing