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Definition of hesitate:

  1. To stammer; to falter in speaking.
  2. To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination; as, he hesitated whether to accept the offer or not; men often hesitate in forming a judgment.
  3. To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.


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