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Vacillate appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • "To lay a sewer, O Metallica, vacillate more," we say a lot.
  • As I vacillate, my metal pots may level yams to plate my Metallica visa.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb vacillate:


Vacillate (to waver, oscillate) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the verb vacillate

What does vacillate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: vacillated | vacillating | vacillates

  1. be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
  2. move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
    • example: the line on the monitor vacillated
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of vacillate: fluctuate / waver
    • more generic word: swing = alternate dramatically between high and low values

Alternative definition of the verb vacillate


  1. [intransitive] To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.
  2. [intransitive] To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

Definition of the verb vacillate for high school students

    to fluctuate, hesitate
    • example: I prefer a definite answer, but my boss kept vacillating between the distinct options available to us.

The verb vacillate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for vacillate

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Google previewPrevious Years' Solved CAT Papers

by Sharma, Arun, Upadhyay, Meenakshi

Vacillate means being unsure or changing sides/swing back and forth. Arrogate means to forcibly take something and conscript means being part of a compulsory service. Thus, Option (b) is correct.

Google previewDefining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT (2009)

by Brian Leaf

Vacillate means alternate. That's also what waver can ...

Google previewTestbuster for the GRE, General Test with Software (2004)

by Pauline Alexander-Travis

VACILLATE is a verb meaning to waver. DECISION is a noun meaning the act of committing or deciding. A verb and noun which are opposite in meaning are needed from the choices given. EQUIVOCATE is a verb meaning to hedge.

Google previewPass the MAT! Complete Miller Analgies Study Guide and Practice Test Questions (2014)

by Complete Test Preparation Inc.

Vacillate is a verb which means to waver – or to be uncertain. Spurn is a verb which means to reject. This is a 1:2 3:4 analogy. 3. D Tenth Category: Mathematics Type: Similarity Kilo means the same as thousand. Decimeans the same as tenth.

Google previewGRE For Dummies Quick Prep (2015)

by Ron Woldoff, Joseph Kraynak

Vacillate means to waver, so if the president vacillated on whether to approve funding, the contractors would be wary (cautious) about starting the project. Vituperate means to criticize harshly, which isn't an action you perform on ...

Google previewVerbal Advantage (2009)

Ten Easy Steps to a Powerful Vocabulary by Charles Harrington Elster

Vacillate means to waver, ...

Google previewTo the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing (2014)

by Robert Hartwell Fiske

vacillate back and forth vacillate. • Until we change how we think about ourselves , we will likely continue to vacillate back and forth between various states of health and illness. Until we change how we think about ourselves, we will likely ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

vacillate (VAS-ә-lāt) vb. To vacillate is to be uncertain or indecisive (about a decision or course of action), especially to indecisively swing back and forth between two conflicting alternatives. After vacillating for some years over the use of who ...

Google previewA Dictionary, English-Armenian (1907)

by V. H. Hagopian

To waver'; vacillate; hesitate; scrup1e:—FluL'tuate is applied both to things and persons, and denotes that they move as they are acted upon. The stocks fluctuate ; a man fluctuates between conflicting influences. Vacillate and waver apply only ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1862)

halcoter, to vacillate, joggle, haggle ; halcoti, a bungler ; halkiner, to shake, haggle, shuffle ; and with conversion of the / into an r, haricoter, to haggle, harigacher, to wrangle — Grandg. ; haricotier, a huckster ...

Google previewThe Kingfisher Children's Illustrated Dictionary and Thesaurus (2003)

by George Marshall

falter, hesitate, vacillate There's no time to vacillate; make up your mind *decide wax v. increase, rise, grow, ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

smoked—bloater Hertfordshire city—Stalbans Hertfordshire saint—Alban Hertfordshire town—Stevenage, Tring Hesitant—tentative, irresolute, undecided, vacillating, wavering Hesitate—shillyshally, vacillate, waver, dither, haver, vacillate, ...

Google previewDictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (1998)

by Martin Manser

waver, swerve, veer, vacillate, vary, undulate, oscillate, hesitate, falter ant. persist, stand fast, stay, stick, hold fast fluctuation n. wavering, oscillation, undulation, ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

secure, shield, shut in 07 barrier, confine, defence,enclose, fortify,inclose, protect, quibble, railing, rampart 08 encircle, palisade, palisado, restrict, separate, sepiment, stockade,surround 09 barricade, enclosure, pussyfoot, stonewall, vacillate, ...

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Quotes about vacillate

Elucidate with ambiguous words
Lofty towers resonating an
Echolalia of a vague title
Vacillate between empty palms of an
Empire immortal yet secular, counts
Nary with prediction, nary with perdition. (Norman Santos)
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Scrabble value of V4A1C3I1L1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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