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noun \ˈpȯz\

Simple Definition of pause

  • : a temporary stop : a period of time in which something is stopped before it is started again

  • : a control that you use when you want to stop a recorded song, movie, etc., for a short time

  • music : the sign 𝄐 that is placed over or under a musical note, rest, etc., to show that it should be held longer than usual

Full Definition of pause

  1. 1 :  a temporary stop

  2. 2 a :  a break in a verse b :  a brief suspension of the voice to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts

  3. 3 :  temporary inaction especially as caused by uncertainty :  hesitation

  4. 4 a :  the sign denoting a fermata b :  a mark (as a period or comma) used in writing or printing to indicate or correspond to a pause of voice

  5. 5 :  a reason or cause for pausing (as to reconsider) <a thought that should give one pause>

  6. 6 :  a function of an electronic device that pauses a recording

Examples of pause

  1. There was a brief pause in the conversation.

  2. After a pause the teacher continued the lesson.

  3. He hit pause on the player and explained the significance of the song's lyrics.

  4. Please hit the pause button on the remote control.

Origin of pause

Middle English, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein to stop

First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with pause




Simple Definition of pause

  • : to stop doing something for a short time before doing it again

  • : to cause (a recorded song, movie, etc.) to stop for a short time by pushing a button on a device

Full Definition of pause


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to stop temporarily

  3. 2 :  to linger for a time

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to pause :  stop

Examples of pause

  1. She paused for a few seconds before crossing the street.

  2. We paused briefly to look at the scenery.

  3. He talked for over an hour without pausing.

  4. He picked up the remote control and paused the movie.

15th Century

First Known Use of pause

15th century

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