vacillate [ vas-uh-leyt ]verb (used without object), vac·il·lat·ed, vac·il·lat·ing.
1. to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.
2. to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger.
3. to oscillate or fluctuate.OTHER WORDS FROM VACILLATE
vac·il·la·tor, nounWORDS RELATED TO VACILLATE
waffle, seesaw, waver, fluctuate, dither, oscillate, hesitate, hover, reel, rock, alternate, straddle, stagger, pause, swing, hedge, sway, change, hem and haw, shilly-shallySYNONYMS FOR VACILLATESee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
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1. See waver
First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin vacillātus (past participle of vacillāre “to sway to and fro”); see -ate
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