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 One helpful thing to do is to take a pause in the conversation and come back to it later. Expert Panel, Forbes, "Nine Tips To Politely Disagree With A Colleague (And Keep A Positive Work Relationship)," 13 May 2021 The company has also faced a pause in administration due to the vaccines’ association with rare, dangerous blood clots and manufacturing problems at one of the company’s major production facilities. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Yankees Covid Outbreak May Be Bad News for Ditching Masks," 13 May 2021 The shots are undergoing unprecedented safety monitoring, which last month led to a temporary pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccinations to determine how to handle an incredibly rare risk of blood clots. Lauran Neergaard And Hannah Fingerhut, Chron, "Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing," 11 May 2021 The drop came as federal regulators called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine out of safety concerns. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, "Minnesota gets creative in COVID-19 vaccine outreach," 8 May 2021 In it's first earnings call as a public company in March, Opendoor reported a 45% drop in revenue to $2.6 million compared with $4.7 million for 2019, due to a pause in home buying in the early months of the pandemic. USA Today, "Shop with an app, watch movies with an app. Why not sell your home with an app, too?," 5 May 2021 Burkey’s case was one considered by health officials during a pause in distribution of the J&J shot, Johnson said. Susan Decker, Fortune, "Some Americans who have reported vaccine side effects hope the U.S. will cover their medical costs," 3 May 2021 But many states are now seeing more appointments go unclaimed as demand dips, with some local public health departments asking for a pause in allocations from the federal government because doses on hand have yet to be used. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Biden’s Covid-19 Vaccine Push Faces Hesitancy, Variants After 100 Days," 30 Apr. 2021 The post-shot reactions differ from a very rare kind of side effect that led to a pause in administration of the J&J vaccine. BostonGlobe.com, "US officials: Anxiety drove vaccine reactions in 5 states," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While stocks have shown a serious bounce since the pandemic's start, this resilience is giving some investors pause. James Royal, Star Tribune, "5 sure-fire signs of a stock market bubble," 8 May 2021 Some young adults — or for teens under 18, their parents, who must give permission— share the same concerns that have given some older adults pause. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young Californians lag in vaccinations. Here's why changing that is critical," 7 May 2021 In the company’s early years, all those explosions might have given it pause, but now barely any SpaceX doubters are left in the industry. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk Is Maybe, Actually, Strangely, Going to Do This Mars Thing," 6 May 2021 Still, the company’s Q2 report last week gave some investors pause. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, "Starbucks, General Motors And More Thematic Stock Highlights This Week," 5 May 2021 The medications pause puberty and prevent unwanted changes to teenagers’ bodies, such as periods in transgender boys or the deepening of the voice in transgender girls. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "FAQ: What you need to know about transgender children," 22 Apr. 2021 And being in that position means the competition is going to come after you, with rival awards campaigners throwing out all kinds of nonsense, hoping some of it gives Oscar voters pause. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, "Oscar voting is now underway," 16 Apr. 2021 There still are the moments that create pause about whether the jump is possible from star to superstar. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Heat midseason report card a case of expectations vs. complications | Commentary," 6 Mar. 2021 The positive test will now likely pause filming — and postpone that trip — for two weeks. Justin Curto, Vulture, "So, Which Real Housewife of New York Tested Positive for COVID-19?," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Pause.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pause. Accessed 17 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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