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hesitate

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Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] haesitatus, p.p. of haesitare, intens. fr. haerere to hesitate, stick fast; to hang or hold fast. Cf. aghast, gaze, adhere.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈhɛzɪteɪt/

Verb

Infinitive
to hesitate

Third person singular
hesitat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to hesitate (third-person singular simple present hesitat, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination.
    • Alexander Pope,
      He hesitated whether to accept the offer or not; men often hesitate in forming a judgment.
  2. (intransitive) To stammer; to falter in speaking.
  3. (transitive) To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner. [Poetic & R.]

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