Complete Definition of "vacillate"

was wotd|2007|July|10
English

Etymology
From L. vacillatum|vacillÄtum, supine form of vacillo|vacillÅ "sway, waver".

Pronunciation
IPA|/Ëvæ.sÉ.leɪt/|/Ëvæ.sɪ.leɪt/, SAMPA|/"v{[email protected]/
audio|en-us-vacillate.ogg|Audio (US)

Verb
en-verb|vacillat|ing

  1. intransitive To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.
  2. intransitive To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

#*2004: w: Chris Wallace (journalist)|Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
#*:On the streets of Berlin, Ruth and her compatriots vacillated "between hope and despair."

  1. To be indecisive, changeable or inconsistent in speech or action.

Synonyms
italbrac|to sway from one side to the other: stagger
italbrac|to swing indecisively: waffle

Related terms
vacillant
vacillating
vacillation
vacillator
vacillatory

Translations
trans-top|to sway unsteadily from one side to the other
Finnish: horjua, huojua, heilua
trans-mid
Portuguese: vacilar
trans-bottom

trans-top|to swing from one course of action or opinion to another
Finnish: horjua, epäröidä, soutaa ja huovata
trans-mid
Portuguese: vacilar
trans-bottom

trans-top|to be changeable, or inconsistent in speech or action
Finnish: epäröidä, horjua, soutaa ja huovata
trans-mid
Portuguese: vacilar
trans-bottom

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ttbc|Kurdish: t|ku|hejîn
ttbc|Spanish: t-|es|vacilar, vacilarse
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