- to stop briefly before you do something especially because you are nervous or unsure about what to do
- She hesitated and waited for her friend to say something.
- He hesitated about/over accepting the job.
- I sometimes hesitate to say what I am really thinking.
- I hesitated to come without being asked.
- I wouldn't hesitate to ask for your help if I felt I needed it.
- Don't hesitate to call if there is a problem.