Pause meaning

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The definition of a pause is a temporary stop or rest.

An example of a pause is a three-second break in between the lines of a speech.

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Hesitation; interruption; delay.

Pursuit without pause.

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To pause is defined as to stop for a brief period of time.

An example of pause is to stop a movie for a couple of minutes.

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To cease or suspend an action temporarily.

She paused in her piano exercises to listen for the baby.

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To hesitate.

He paused before replying.

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A short period of inaction; temporary stop, break, or rest, as in speaking or reading.
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A rhythm break or caesura.
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To make a pause; be temporarily inactive; stop; hesitate.
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To cause to be temporarily inactive; briefly stop the action of (an electronic device, audio or video stream, etc.)
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(intransitive) To interrupt an activity and wait.

When telling the scary story, he paused for effect.

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A short time for relaxing and doing something else.
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To linger; tarry.

We paused for a while under the huge oak tree.

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To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim.

Paused the printer to add more paper; paused the DVD with the remote.

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A control mechanism on an audio or video player that halts the playing of a recording and permits playing to be easily resumed from the same point.
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(intransitive) To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
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To halt the play or playback of, temporarily, so that it can be resumed from the same point.

To pause a song, a video, or a computer game.

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A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
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Hesitation; suspense; doubt.
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In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and nature of an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation mark.

Teach the pupil to mind the pauses.

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A break or paragraph in writing.
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Alternative spelling of Pause (“a button that pauses or resumes something").
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A button whose functions are pausing and resuming something.
  • A button that, when pressed, causes electronic media (such as VHS or DVD) to be paused or resumed and still active (usually as a single frame without sound); compare with the Stop button, that usually pauses electronic media while also finishing the connection with them.
  • A button (of a joystick, joypad or similar input device of video games) that, when pressed, causes the current video game to be paused or resumed.
  • A key (of computer keyboards) that, when pressed during the execution of any of certain operating systems, halts or resumes the current flow of instructions.
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Indicative of a pause or discontinuance.
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To dwell or linger.
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give someone pause
  • To make someone hesitant or uncertain.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of pause

  • From Middle English pause from Old French from Latin pausa from Greek pausis from pauein to stop

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French pause, from Latin pausa, from Ancient Greek παῦσις (pausis, “discontinuance”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle French pause, from Latin pausa, from Ancient Greek παῦσις (pausis)

    From Wiktionary

  • From pause.

    From Wiktionary