Synonyms of hesitate in English:


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See Spanish definition of vacilar


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, balk at, boggle at

be willing