hesitate


hesitate
hes|i|tate [ `hezı,teıt ] verb intransitive **
to pause before doing something, or to do something very slowly, usually because you are nervous, embarrassed, or worried:
He hesitated a moment, and then knocked on the door.
hesitate to do something: My mother never hesitates to tell me when I look bad.
don't hesitate to do something SPOKEN
used for encouraging someone to do something:
Don't hesitate to call me if you need any help.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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