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English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] vacillātum, supine form of vacillō "sway, waver".

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to vacillate

Third person singular
vacillat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to vacillate (third-person singular simple present vacillat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.
    • 1910: Jack London, The Heathen
      Its [the barometer's] normal register in the Paumotus [the Tuamotus] was 29.90, and it was quite customary to see it vacillate between 29.85 and 30.00, or even 30.05; [...]
  2. (intransitive) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
    • 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      On the streets of Berlin, Ruth and her compatriots vacillated "between hope and despair."

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Italian

Verb

vacillate

  1. Second-person plural present tense of vacillare.
  2. Second-person plural imperative of vacillare.
  3. Feminine plural of vacillato.

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