- 1Interrupt action or speech briefly: she paused, at a loss for wordsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Temporarily interrupt the operation of (a process or device): she had paused a tape on the VCRMore 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.
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- 1A temporary stop in action or speech: she dropped me outside during a brief pause in the rain [mass noun]: he chattered away without pauseMore example sentences
stop, cessation, break, halt, stoppage, standstill, interruption, check, lull, respite, stay, breathing space, discontinuation, discontinuance, hiatus, gap, lapse (of time), interlude, intermission, interval, entr'acte; adjournment, suspension, moratorium, interregnum; rest, time out, stopover, delay, hold-up, wait; hesitation, beat, caesura
- 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.
- 1.1 Music A mark over a note or rest that is to be lengthened by an unspecified amount.More example sentences
- 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 recording, playback, or other process.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.
give pause to someone (or give someone pause for thought)
- Cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something: the sight of these gives any would-be attacker pause for thoughtMore 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.
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pausein 'to stop'.