The definition of a pause is a temporary stop or rest.(noun)
An example of a pause is a three-second break in between the lines of a speech.
To pause is defined as to stop for a brief period of time.(verb)
An example of pause is to stop a movie for a couple of minutes.
See pause in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: 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
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verb paused paused, paus·ing, paus·es verb, intransitive
Origin: From Middle English, pause
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin pausa
Origin: , from Greek pausis
Origin: , from pauein, to stop.
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