September 19th, 2020

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Word of the Day 09/19/20 Vacillate

Vacillate (verb)
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, noun

WORDS 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-shally

SYNONYMS FOR VACILLATE
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1. hesistate
2. reel

SYNONYM STUDY FOR VACILLATE
1. See waver.

Origin: First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin vacillātus (past participle of vacillāre “to sway to and fro”); see -ate

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