Definition of hesitate. 1 : to hold back in doubt or indecision She didn't hesitate when they offered her the job. 2 : to delay momentarily : pause He hesitated and waited for her to say something. : to hold back from (doing or saying something) in doubt or uncertainty Don't hesitate to call if you need something.
to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination: She hesitated to take the job.
You should never hesitate to be who you are. She hesitated again, then uncovered her left breast. If a movie encounters problems, the studio doesn't hesitate to boot directors midstream. One thing we hesitate with is that people get afraid of bacteria.
English Language Learners Definition of hesitant : slow to act or speak especially because you are nervous or unsure about what to do : feeling or showing hesitation See the full definition for hesitant in the English Language Learners Dictionary