vacillate

  • 1 vacillate — vac‧il‧late [ˈvæsleɪt] verb [intransitive] FINANCE if prices or rates vacillate, they continually change by small amounts: • Prices will vacillate near or slightly below current levels. • The rate of inflation has been vacillating between 4% and …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Vacillate — Vac il*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vacillated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vacillating}.] [L. vacillare, vacillatum; cf. Skr. va[ n]c.] [1913 Webster] 1. To move one way and the other; to reel or stagger; to waver. [1913 Webster] [A spheroid] is always… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 vacillate — I verb alternate, be capricious, be inconstant, be irresolute, be uncertain, be unsettled, be unsteady, be unsure, change, debate, demur, equivocate, falter, feel uncertain, fluctuate, hesitate, hover, librate, move to and fro, oscillate, rock,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 vacillate — (v.) 1590s, to sway unsteadily, from L. vacillatum, from vacillare (see VACILLATION (Cf. vacillation)). Meaning to waver between two opinions or courses is recorded from 1620s. Related: Vacillated; vacillates; vacillating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 vacillate — *hesitate, waver, falter Analogous words: fluctuate, sway, oscillate (see SWING): *demur, scruple, boggle …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 vacillate — [v] go back and forth alternate, be indecisive, be irresolute, change, change mind, dither, fence straddle*, fluctuate, hedge, hem and haw*, hesitate, hover, oscillate, pause, pussyfoot around*, reel, rock, run hot and cold*, seesaw*, shilly… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 vacillate — ► VERB ▪ waver between different opinions or actions. DERIVATIVES vacillation noun. ORIGIN Latin vacillare sway …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 vacillate — [vas′əlāt΄] vi. vacillated, vacillating [< L vacillatus, pp. of vacillare, to sway to and fro, waver < IE * wek , to be bent, prob. < base * wā , to bend apart, turn > L varus, bent, diverse] 1. to sway to and fro; waver; totter;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 vacillate — v. (D; intr.) to vacillate between; in * * * [ væsɪleɪt] in (D; intr.) to vacillate between …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 vacillate — [[t]væ̱sɪleɪt[/t]] vacillates, vacillating, vacillated VERB If you vacillate between two alternatives or choices, you keep changing your mind. [FORMAL] [V between pl n] She vacillates between men twice her age and men younger than she... We… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 vacillate — UK [ˈvæsɪleɪt] / US [ˈvæsɪˌleɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms vacillate : present tense I/you/we/they vacillate he/she/it vacillates present participle vacillating past tense vacillated past participle vacillated formal to keep changing your… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 vacillate — vacillator, n. /vas euh layt /, v.i., vacillated, vacillating. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 13 vacillate — verb /ˈvæ.sə.leɪt,ˈvæ.sɪ.leɪt/ a) To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate. Its [the barometers] 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… …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 vacillate — See fluctuate. See fluctuate, vacillate …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15 vacillate — vac|il|late [ˈvæsıleıt] v [i]formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of vacillare to move from side to side, fail to decide ] to continue to change your opinions, decisions, ideas etc = ↑waver vacillate between ▪ Her parents… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 vacillate — intransitive verb ( lated; lating) Etymology: Latin vacillatus, past participle of vacillare to sway, waver more at wink Date: 1597 1. a. to sway through lack of equilibrium b. fluctuate, oscillate 2. to waver in mind, will, or feeling ; hesitate …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 vacillate — Synonyms and related words: alternate, back and fill, bob, bobble, careen, change, changeable, chop and change, coggle, dally, dallying, dangle, demurring, dickey, dillydallying, dither, double minded, doubtful, doubting, ebb and flow, eccentric …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 vacillate — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To totter] Syn. waver, sway, stagger; see reel , totter 2 . 2. [To hesitate] Syn. fluctuate, dawdle, falter; see hesitate , pause . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [VAS uh LATE] to waver or be indecisive.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 vacillate — vac|il|late [ væsı,leıt ] verb intransitive FORMAL to keep changing your ideas about something ╾ vac|il|la|tion [ ,væsı leıʃn ] noun count or uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 vacillate —   …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors


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