pause

pause
I UK [pɔːz] / US [pɔz] verb
Word forms "pause":
present tense I/you/we/they pause he/she/it pauses present participle pausing past tense paused past participle paused
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1) [intransitive] to stop moving or stop what you are doing for a short time before starting again

She paused at the door and then left.

pause to do something:

As we crossed the bridge, we paused to look at the boats.

pause for:

He paused for a sip of water before continuing his speech.

pause for breath/thought:

He talked for ten minutes, scarcely pausing for breath.

2) [intransitive/transitive] to make a CD, video, or computer program stop for a short time by pressing a button

II UK [pɔːz] / US [pɔz] noun
Word forms "pause":
singular pause plural pauses
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1) [countable] a short time when someone stops doing something before starting again

There was a pause before Joe said, "I'm sorry, I can't help you."

pause for:

His reply was delivered with scarcely a pause for breath.

pause in:

Kate waited for a pause in the conversation.

2) [uncountable] a button that stops a CD, video, or computer game and starts it again at the same point
3) [countable] music a mark over a musical note that shows the note should last for longer than usual

give someone pause (for thought) — to make someone think carefully about something

a report that should give pause to supporters of the death penalty


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  • pause — [ poz ] n. f. • 1360; lat. pausa 1 ♦ Interruption momentanée d une activité, d un travail. ⇒ arrêt, 2. break(anglic.), interruption, suspension. La pause de midi. Fam. La pause( )café (pour prendre le café). ♢ Spécialt Temps de repos interrompant …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Pause — Pause, 1) Unterbrechung, Stillstand in Etwas; 2) (Mus.), der Verzug in einem Tonstück, welchen ein Instrument od. mehre machen; 3) Notenzeichen, welches dem Spieler od. Sänger andeutet, diesen Verzug eintreten zu lassen. Die P n sind große u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • pause — n Pause, recess, respite, lull, intermission are comparable when they mean a temporary cessation especially in action, in activity, or in movement. Pause, though it carries an implication of expected resumption, stresses the fact of stopping… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Pause — Pause, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Paused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pausing}.] [Cf. F. pauser, L. pausare. See {Pause}, n., {Pose}.] 1. To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest. Tarry, pause a day or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pause — [pôz] n. [ME pawse < MFr pause < L pausa < Gr pausis, a stopping < pauein, to bring to an end < IE base * paus , to let go > OPrus pausto, wild] 1. a short period of inaction; temporary stop, break, or rest, as in speaking or… …   English World dictionary

  • pause — PAUSE. s. f. Intermission, suspension, cessation d une action, d un mouvement pour quelque temps. Il ne se dit proprement qu en parlant des personnes. Faire une pause, de longues pauses. Il fit deux ou trois pauses en chemin. la procession fit… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • pause — ► NOUN 1) a temporary stop in action or speech. 2) Music a mark ( ) over a note or rest that is to be lengthened by an unspecified amount. ► VERB ▪ stop temporarily. ● give pause (or give pause for thought) to Cf. ↑give pause to …   English terms dictionary

  • Pause — Pause, n. [F., fr. L. pausa. See {Pose}.] 1. A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation. [1913 Webster] 2. Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt. [1913 Webster] I stand in pause… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pause — may refer to a rest, hesitation, or temporary stop.Pause may also refer to: * Rest (music) or fermata; also specifically the whole rest in French usage * The break key on computer keyboards * A requested breakpoint during computer program… …   Wikipedia

  • Pause — Pause, v. t. To cause to stop or rest; used reflexively. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pause [1] — Pause (v. griech. pausis, das »Aufhören«), Ruhepunkt, das zeitweise Aufhören oder Unterbrechen einer Tätigkeit; insbes. bei der Deklamation und im Spiel des Schauspielers das an gewissen Stellen beobachtete Innehalten und namentlich in der Musik… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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