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Pause in indecision before saying or doing something
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“Quickly, they headed towards the train station, not pausing or hesitating in any manner; what were they to hesitate for?”
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Be reluctant to do something
“Because some childhood seizures stop at puberty, doctors often hesitate to recommend surgery for children.”
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Used politely to express regret, disappointment or embarrassment
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(with infinitive) Avoid something because one has too many concerns
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To become dry (often of weather)
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To prevent from progress
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To have no trust or confidence in
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Speak in a confused or indistinct way
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Make or become weaker in power, resolve, or physical strength
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