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What is another word for hesitate?

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To pause in indecision before doing something
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“My Aunt Marta looked me up and down, as if seeing me for the first time, and appeared to hesitate before deciding to make her offer.”
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To speak hesitatingly or with indecision
“Although Amy continued to hesitate with her words while speaking, she seemed to be speaking out more often.”
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To be reluctant to do something
“Doctors often hesitate to recommend surgery for children.”
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Used politely to express regret, disappointment or embarrassment
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Make a sudden flinching movement out of fear or pain
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To hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking
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To shy away from, or have misgivings about
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(with infinitive) To avoid something because one has too many concerns
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To have doubts or suspicions about
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