V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to go back and forth between possibilities; 2. to be unsure of a choice; 3. to lose determination or strength, especially temporarily; 4. to vary in tone-of-voice; 5. to sway back and forth

Synonyms: vacillate, falter, hesitate, fluctuate, sway, teeter, weaken, wane, fade


Tips: Waver can also be used as a noun to denote the act of swaying back and forth or vacillating between decisions. Think of the way you move your hand back and forth when you wave to someone. To waver also means to move back and forth, usually between decisions or choices. Flickering light, as from a candle, can also be said to waver.

Usage Examples:

I wish he would just make a firm decision instead of wavering on what to do. (vacillating, hesitating)

My support for this cause will never waver. (falter, teeter, wane)

She wavered over the choices on the menu and simply couldn't decide what to order. (vacillated, went back and forth)

My energy level began to waver an hour into my workout. (weaken, fade)

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