pause

noun
\ ˈpȯz How to pronounce pause (audio) \

Definition of pause

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a temporary stop
2a : a break in a verse
b : a brief suspension of the voice to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts
3 : temporary inaction especially as caused by uncertainty : hesitation
4a : the sign denoting a fermata
b : a mark (such as a period or comma) used in writing or printing to indicate or correspond to a pause of voice
5 : a reason or cause for pausing (as to reconsider) a thought that should give one pause
6 : a function of an electronic device that pauses a recording

pause

verb
paused; pausing

Definition of pause (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to stop temporarily
2 : to linger for a time

transitive verb

: to cause to pause : stop

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Synonyms for pause

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of pause in a Sentence

Noun There was a brief pause in the conversation. After a pause the teacher continued the lesson. He hit pause on the player and explained the significance of the song's lyrics. Please hit the pause button on the remote control. Verb She paused for a few seconds before crossing the street. We paused briefly to look at the scenery. He talked for over an hour without pausing. He picked up the remote control and paused the movie.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pause was lifted after the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the body within the CDC charged with making recommendations on vaccines, voted to recommend its resumption. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be linked to anxiety and fainting, according to CDC," 30 Apr. 2021 And that's giving us pause to fully relax all of the restrictions. Paul Leblanc, CNN, "Experts are divided on the new CDC mask guidance. Here's what they're saying.," 30 Apr. 2021 The pause allowed officials to make sure the conditions were not more widespread and guidance could be provided to doctors on spotting and treating cases. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine returns next week and more Maryland doctors will offer vaccines," 30 Apr. 2021 New offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn loves to be creative in the run game, and Sewell can certainly help with that, but this pick does give one a second of pause. oregonlive, "Penei Sewell drafted by Detroit Lions: What the NFL world is saying about the pick," 30 Apr. 2021 After the pause was announced for the J&J vaccine, many worried about its possible impact on the intent to vaccinate for all vaccines. Stefanie Friedhoff, STAT, "Vaccinations are plateauing. Don’t blame it on ‘resistance’," 29 Apr. 2021 Federal health agencies lifted the pause after 10 days last Friday, clearing the way for the shots to resume. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Johnson & Johnson vaccine shipments to California resume as COVID cases keep falling," 29 Apr. 2021 Simonton teaches the twitch-twitch-pause retrieve with jerk baits, and allowing a swim bait to sink to the bottom, followed by a slow retrieve. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Smallmouth bass luring Lake Erie anglers: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of April 30-May 2," 29 Apr. 2021 The national pause was lifted Friday after the CDC determined the shot's benefits far outweighed the risk of extremely rare blood clotting found in 15 out of nearly 8 million people. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, "Get a second vaccine shot anywhere available, Fayetteville health officer says," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But behind this excitement lies another, quieter, story: NFTs have an enormous environmental impact, one that should give artists and customers pause before jumping in on the trend. Erin Davis, Quartz, "The carbon footprint of creating and selling an NFT artwork," 26 Mar. 2021 The harsh criticism from the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), combined with a string of communication blunders by AstraZeneca, has given many researchers pause about the company—and, in turn, the vaccine. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "AstraZeneca lowers efficacy claim for COVID-19 vaccine, a bit, after board's rebuke," 25 Mar. 2021 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was asked by a reporter whether the unflattering picture of the British royal family painted by the couple had given her pause about the country's constitutional ties to Britain. NBC News, "Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview may have a lasting impact on Britain's royal family," 8 Mar. 2021 If anything, this breakout season should give the Bulls pause to consider whether LaVine’s ceiling is higher than imagined. Jamal Collier, chicagotribune.com, "Zach LaVine defied the odds to make the 2021 All-Star Game. What’s the ceiling for the Chicago Bulls’ franchise player?," 7 Mar. 2021 And accurate forecasting is more difficult for a company that has never made money, a structure that gives some venture-capital investors pause. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "SPAC Frenzy Emboldens Silicon Valley Startups to Forgo Venture Funding," 26 Feb. 2021 But the large amount of stimulus being pumped into the economy has given some investors pause as worries of inflation have reentered the market after being nonexistent for more than a decade. Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, "Stock markets fall as investors weigh inflation concerns and prospects for recovery; United Airlines shares rise," 23 Feb. 2021 While the efficacy rate may be enough to get the vaccine approved, the variability in different subgroups and lack of data for older people should give regulators pause in rushing this through, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Sam Fazeli. Stephanie Baker, Bloomberg.com, "Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Effective But Questions Remain for Elderly," 8 Dec. 2020 Harrington has prioritized hiring from the ward and giving a chance to people whose employment or, sometimes, criminal records might give other employers pause. Washington Post, "A fight for forest equity in Southeast D.C. takes on new urgency amid pandemic," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pause

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pause

Noun

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

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The first known use of pause was in the 15th century

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3 May 2021

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“Pause.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pause. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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pause

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pause

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

pause

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pause (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

pause

noun
\ ˈpȯz How to pronounce pause (audio) \

Kids Definition of pause

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a temporary stop
2 : a sign 𝄐 above a musical note or rest to show that the note or rest is to be held longer

pause

verb
paused; pausing

Kids Definition of pause (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stop for a time : make a temporary stop He paused, perhaps waiting for me to explain.— Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

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