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Below you will find the definition of vacillate, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(verb) - be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

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EXAMPLES - Vacillate in a Sentence

  1. Common usage seems to vacillate between the definitions (source)
  2. I vacillate quite regularly and quite broadly on this issue. (source)
  3. I think we all do vacillate between male and female in some ways. (source)
  4. As to whether I will ultimately become an American citizen, I vacillate. (source)
  5. Obama will vacillate and his supporters will defend that vacillation vociferously. (source)
  6. The relationships between lawyers and detainees vary a lot and sometimes vacillate. (source)
  7. Polls, especially on the state level, are going to vacillate over the summer and early small. (source)
  8. A set of forks, flanking a plate of fish, vacillate between threatening weapons and frail hands. (source)
  9. They vacillate between nightmares about jumping ship and daydreams about work that's heaven sent. (source)
  10. King did not vacillate on his call for civil rights laws, voting rights laws or fair housing laws. (source)
  11. Those students who have put off taking it until their senior year vacillate between resentment and fear. (source)
  12. What's interesting dajafi is that Hillary seemed to vacillate between running away from Bill, and using him. (source)
  13. Now, if we're going to solve the challenges we face, we can't vacillate, we can't shift depending on our politic. (source)
  14. Children vacillate between having no power at all and way too much as adults fall in and out of normal functioning. (source)
  15. She said the group's stances on even key issues like the public option seemed to vacillate from one day to the next. (source)
  16. U.S. policy toward Syria will continue to vacillate between partial engagement and partial ostracism, achieving neither. (source)
  17. Pascal seems to vacillate between a professed ignorance of God's nature and some rather doctrinaire assumptions about it. (source)
  18. "Mommy maybe we shouldn't read anymore" I vacillate about whether we are helping or handicapping our kids by sheltering them. (source)
  19. Its normal register in the Paumotus was 29.90, and it was quite customary to see it vacillate between 29.85 and 30.00, or even (source)
  20. Indeed, each of them were my first choice at one time or another, and I typically don't vacillate so much during Presidential primaries. (source)
  21. Polls close to the election are highly volatile as a significant percentage of voters (5-10% or more) vacillate based on the last news story they heard. (source)
  22. And let's face it - as military family members we often vacillate between reaching out and pulling back abruptly when no one grabs the hand we've extended. (source)
  23. Bruce Morris, who lives outside Fort Worth, did not vacillate over an upcoming trip to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 60 miles from Pensacola in Destin, Fla. (source)
  24. Promoters of some pseudosciences (notably homeopathy) tend to vacillate between opposition to science and claims that they themselves represent the best science. (source)
  25. And after watching his career vacillate so unpredictably for so many years, what is Drama's next move after the TV movie you know, the one that Vince had to buy for him? (source)
  26. But even with that the people in his life vacillate over whether Diego or Tony is the best guy (also an interesting theme, about how other people help determine who we are). (source)
  27. European Pressphoto Agency Fidel Castro, former president of Cuba: 'The Government of the United States...won't vacillate in giving NATO the order to invade that rich country. (source)
  28. In pre-recession days, my clients didn't vacillate on the path to closing; in fact, buyers and sellers hurriedly hustled into the fast lane, anxious to conclude their transactions. (source)
  29. ROMNEY: Well, I think anyone has to recognize that, short-term, the economy is going to vacillate and when you see a downturn, you get real concerned and want to take corrective action. (source)
  30. In a season that has seen the Mets vacillate between excellence and incompetence on the field, their television network may be turning in the franchise's best and most consistent performance. (source)
  31. Otherwise you will vacillate between a detached disinterest in your goal, when it is far off in the future, and full-scale panic about that goal when the future arrives faster than anticipated. (source)
  32. This is called the "business cycle," and it causes markets to vacillate wildly, allowing the monied interests that triggered the cycle to pick up real estate and other assets very cheaply on the down-swing. (source)
  33. In reality, Obama's troubles are not caused primarily by "the bad guys," nor by Israel's supposed power or that of the domestic "Israeli lobby," nor even, as some critics charge, his own tendency to vacillate. (source)
  34. Mr. Trumka did not refer to Mr. Baucus in his speech, but seemed to take aim at the senator and others who oppose -- or would do without -- a public option, an idea that the White House has seemed to vacillate on. (source)
  35. Dozens of state-owned enterprises are preparing to privatize as part of the country's transition to a market economy, but investment bankers and investors anticipate a possible slowdown this year if stock prices continue to vacillate. (source)
  36. He knew that it is in the nature of the teenager to vacillate, to rebel, to have fleeting obsessions and passions, to be fickle and headstrong and his aim was to try and channel the best of their energies and enthusiasm in the right direction and hold back some of their sillier urges. (source)
  37. Its normal register in the Paumotus was 29.90, and it was quite customary to see it vacillate between 29.85 and 30.00, or even 30.05; but to see it as I saw it, down to 29.62, was sufficient to sober the most drunken pearl buyer that ever incinerated smallpox microbes in Scotch whiskey. (source)
  38. Right now the models continue to vacillate between solutions with the Euro forecasting mostly rain but possibly ending as snow while the 1AM run of the GFS tracked the low so far south that we would get snow but only about an inch of snow because the bulk of the precipitation passes to our south. (source)
  39. Iran's proxy troops are Hezbollah in Lebanon to the north of Israel, with a capacity to fire tens of thousands of Iranian manufactured rockets wherever it chooses; and Hamas in Gaza to Israel's south, able to direct sufficient indiscriminate firepower to intimidate a million Israeli citizens into living lives that vacillate between air raid sirens and the rush to shelters. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "vacillate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 28 synonyms for vacillate.

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-shally, stagger, straddle, sway, swing, waffle, waver, whiffle, yo-yo


We have 5 antonyms for vacillate.

continue, hold, persist, remain, stay


Pronunciation: (văsˈə-lātˌ)

Syllabification: vac-il-late


View up to 25 definitions of vacillate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (verb-intransitive) To sway from one side to the other; oscillate.
  2. (verb-intransitive) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another. See Synonyms at hesitate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (verb) To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.
  2. (verb) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (verb-intransitive) To move one way and the other; to reel or stagger; to waver.
  2. (verb-intransitive) To fluctuate in mind or opinion; to be unsteady or inconstant; to waver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) To waver; move one way and the other; reel; stagger.
  2. (None) To fluctuate in mind or opinion; waver; be irresolute or inconstant.
  3. (None) Synonyms and Waver, Oscillate, etc. (see fluctuate), sway.
  4. (None) To hesitate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (verb) be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
  2. (verb) move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern