intransitive verb
1) (show uncertainty) zögern

he who hesitates is lost — (prov.) man muss die Gelegenheit beim Schopfe fassen

2) (falter) ins Stocken geraten

hesitate to do something — Bedenken haben, etwas zu tun

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1) (to pause briefly eg because of uncertainty: He hesitated before answering; The diver hesitated for a minute on the diving-board.) zögern
2) (to be unwilling (to do something) eg because one is not sure it is right: I hesitate to say he lied but he certainly misled me; Don't hesitate to tell me if you have any complaints.) zögern
- academic.ru/34624/hesitancy">hesitancy
- hesitant
- hesitantly
- hesitation
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1. (wait) zögern, zaudern; (with doubts) Bedenken haben
don't \hesitate over such trivial matters! zögere nicht wegen solcher Kleinigkeiten!
that child \hesitates at nothing dieses Kind schreckt vor nichts zurück
I \hesitated to ask you ich hatte Bedenken, dich zu fragen
don't \hesitate to call me ruf mich einfach an
2. (falter) stocken
he who \hesitates is lost (prov) man muss das Glück beim Schopfe packen
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zögern, zaudern (geh); (in speech) stocken

he who hesitates is lost (Prov)dem Feigen kehrt das Glück den Rücken (Prov)

I hesitate to ask him round — ich bin mir nicht schlüssig, ob ich ihn einladen soll

I'd hesitate to take or at taking on such a task — ich würde es mir gut überlegen, ob ich so eine Aufgabe übernehmen würde

I hesitated about having another baby — ich hatte Bedenken, noch ein Kind zu bekommen

he didn't hesitate at the idea of leaving home — er zögerte keinen Augenblick, von zu Hause wegzugehen

even he would hesitate at murder — selbst er hätte bei einem Mord Bedenken

he hesitates at nothing —

the President is hesitating over whether to attend the conference — der Präsident ist sich unschlüssig, ob er an der Konferenz teilnehmen soll

I am still hesitating about what I should do — ich bin mir immer noch nicht schlüssig, was ich tun soll

I hesitate to say it, but ... — es widerstrebt mir, das zu sagen, aber ...

if I did think that, I wouldn't hesitate to say so — wenn ich wirklich der Meinung (gen) wäre, hätte ich keine Hemmungen, es zu sagen

don't hesitate to ask/contact me — fragen Sie mich ruhig/wenden Sie sich ruhig an mich; (more formally) zögern Sie nicht, mich zu fragen/sich an mich zu wenden

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hesitate [ˈhezıteıt]
A v/i
1. zögern, zaudern, Bedenken haben (alle:
to do zu tun), unschlüssig sein (over hinsichtlich):
make sb hesitate jemanden unschlüssig oder stutzig machen;
not hesitate at nicht zurückschrecken vor (dat);
I hesitate to ask you but … es ist mir unangenehm, Sie zu fragen, aber …
2. (beim Sprechen) stocken
B v/t zögernd äußern
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intransitive verb
1) (show uncertainty) zögern

he who hesitates is lost — (prov.) man muss die Gelegenheit beim Schopfe fassen

2) (falter) ins Stocken geraten

hesitate to do something — Bedenken haben, etwas zu tun

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zaudern v.
zögern v.

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