July 05, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
hesitant /ˈhɛzətənt/ adjective
hesitant
/ˈhɛzətənt/
adjective
The man is hesitant to answer his phone.
The man is hesitant to answer his phone.
Learner's definition of HESITANT

[more hesitant; most hesitant]

: slow to act or speak especially because you are nervous or unsure about what to do : feeling or showing hesitation

  • She took a hesitant step back from the door.

  • He seems hesitant about accepting the job.

— sometimes followed by to + verb

  • He seems hesitant to accept the job.

hesitancy /ˈhɛzəntənsi/ noun [noncount]

  • We were surprised by his hesitancy about accepting the job.

hesitantly adverb

  • She hesitantly stepped back from the door.

  • He hesitantly asked a stranger for directions.

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