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pause

noun \ ˈpȯz \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of pause

1 :a temporary stop
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 :temporary inaction especially as caused by uncertainty :hesitation
4 a :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

Examples of pause in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of pause

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


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pause

verb

Definition of pause

paused; pausing
intransitive verb
1 :to stop temporarily
2 :to linger for a time
transitive verb
:to cause to pause :stop

Examples of pause in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of pause from the Web

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First Known Use of pause

15th century

pause Synonyms

Synonyms
break, catch one's breath, hold one's horses
Related Words
hesitate; break in, interrupt; cease, discontinue, end, finish, stop, terminate; knock off, lay off, quit; lapse, let up
Near Antonyms
continue, persist; advance, progress; extend, prolong, stretch


PAUSE Defined for English Language Learners

pause

noun

Definition of pause for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pause for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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pause

noun \ ˈpȯz \

Definition of pause for Students

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

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pause

verb

Definition of pause for Students

paused; pausing
: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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