vacillate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vacillātum, supine form of vacillō (sway, waver).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvæ.sə.leɪt/, /ˈvæ.sɪ.leɪt/
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Verb[edit]

vacillate (third-person singular simple present vacillates, present participle vacillating, simple past and past participle vacillated)

  1. (intransitive) To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.
    • 1910, Jack London, The Heathen:
      Its [the barometer's] normal register in the Paumotus [the Tuamotus] was 29.90, and it was quite customary to see it vacillate between 29.85 and 30.00, or even 30.05; []
  2. (intransitive) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
    • 1842, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Lady Anne Granard, volume 2, page 68:
      Courageous, patriotic, yet vacillating, many of the noblest principles and the purest intentions, men of large possessions and ancient names, under the afflicting circumstances of the times, failed to render service to their unhappy country, but involved themselves in irremediable ruin.
    • 2004, Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage:
      On the streets of Berlin, Ruth and her compatriots vacillated "between hope and despair."

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Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

vacillate

  1. inflection of vacillare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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Participle[edit]

vacillate f pl

  1. feminine plural of vacillato

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

vacillāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of vacillō