Verb hesitate has 2 senses
  1. hesitate, waver, waffle - pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
    Derived forms: noun hesitation1, noun hesitation2, noun hesitater1, noun hesitancy2, noun hesitator1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
    Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE
  2. hesitate, pause - interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The speaker paused"
    --2 is one way to delay
    Derived forms: noun hesitation3, noun hesitater1
    Sample sentence:
    They hesitate a long time