Definition of pause in English:

pause

Syllabification: pause
Pronunciation: /pôz
 
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noun

1A temporary stop in action or speech: she dropped me outside during a brief pause in the rain the admiral chattered away without pause
More example sentences
  • It's a text without spacing, a speech without pause for breath.
  • I heard the shower stop, a brief pause, then the whirr of an electric toothbrush started up.
  • After a brief pause, it stopped momentarily on another tree.
Synonyms
stop, cessation, break, halt, interruption, check, lull, respite, breathing space, discontinuation, hiatus, gap, interlude; adjournment, suspension, rest, wait, hesitation
informal letup, breather
1.1 Music A mark over a note or rest that is to be lengthened by an unspecified amount; a fermata.
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  • In the 5th Symphony he dispenses with the pause before the finale.
  • There are a few pauses in the Allegro moderato and the final movement is quite thrilling in its peroration.
  • Top it off with arrhythmic choruses drenched in vocoder effects and music pauses, and you have the blueprint for the entire album.
1.2 (also pause button) A control allowing the temporary interruption of an electronic (or mechanical) process, especially video or audio recording or reproduction.
More example sentences
  • You press the pause button and a series of commercials start playing… who should get the money?
  • Press the pause button, take a leak, come back and continue watching from where you left off.
  • The same effect could be achieved by using the pause button on a DVD player.

verb

[no object] Back to top  
1Interrupt action or speech briefly: she paused, at a loss for words
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  • They wandered about a little while, pausing briefly to pull on their boots.
  • He might pause at the office briefly before leaving for the day.
  • She pulled the wrapping paper from the gift, pausing only briefly at the nondescript box.
Synonyms
stop, cease, halt, discontinue, break off, take a break; adjourn, rest, wait, hesitate, falter, waver
informal take a breather, take five
1.1 [with object] Temporarily interrupt the operation of (a videotape, audiotape, or computer program): she had paused a tape on the VCR
More example sentences
  • Trying to deal with the embarrassing situation, the reporter had to pause the camera, comfort him and patiently tell him what he needed to say.
  • Fay squealed seconds later, pausing the tape and pointing at the figure on the screen.
  • Users can pause live TV, rewind and set up recordings - all without an advanced degree in VCR technology.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pausein 'to stop'.

Phrases

give someone pause

Cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something: public outrage has given him pause
More example sentences
  • I completely understand that, and, to be honest, it gives me pause for thought.
  • Now there's something to give you pause for thought.
  • If it doesn't give you pause for thought, even in a world besieged by bad news, you aren't paying attention.

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