hover, vibrate, vacillate, oscillate(verb)
be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
"He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"
fluctuate, vacillate, waver(verb)
move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
"the line on the monitor vacillated"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To fluctuate (Latin fluctus, a wave) is to move like a wave with alternate rise and fall. A pendulum oscillates; waves fluctuate or undulate; a light or a flame wavers; a frightened steed swerves from his course; a tool or weapon swerves from the mark or line; the temperature varies; the wind veers when it suddenly changes its direction. That which veers may steadily hold the new direction; that which oscillates, fluctuates, undulates, or wavers returns upon its way. As regards mental states, he who hesitates sticks (Latin hærere) on the verge of decision; he who wavers does not stick to a decision; he who vacillates decides now one way, and now another; one vacillates between contrasted decisions or actions; he may waver between decision and indecision, or between action and inaction. Persons hesitate, vacillate, waver; feelings fluctuate or vary. Compare SHAKE.
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Translations for vacillate
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- vacil·larCatalan, Valencian
- kolísat, váhatCzech
- soutaa ja huovata, heilua, epäröidä, horjua, huojuaFinnish
- vaciller, hésiterFrench
- संदेह करनाHindi
- bera kápuna á báðum öxlumIcelandic
- nakimavoqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- duabus sellis sedeo, aestuōLatin
- weifelen, wankelenDutch
- кача́ться, колеба́тьсяRussian
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