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pause

 (pôz)
v. paused, paus·ing, paus·es
v.intr.
1. To cease or suspend an action temporarily: She paused in her piano exercises to listen for the baby.
2. To hesitate: He paused before replying.
3. To linger; tarry: We paused for a while under the huge oak tree.
v.tr.
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.
n.
1.
a. A break, stop, or rest, often for a calculated purpose or effect: After a dramatic pause, the lawyer finished her summation.
b. A delay or suspended reaction, as from uncertainty; a hesitation: After a pause the audience broke into cheers.
c. Delay or hesitation: spoke without pause for an hour.
d. Reason for hesitation: The immensity of the task gives one pause.
2.
a. Music A sign, such as a fermata, indicating that a note or rest is to be held.
b. A break or rest in a line of poetry; a caesura.
3. 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.

[From Middle English, pause, from Old French, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein, to stop.]
Synonyms: pause, intermission, recess, respite, suspension
These nouns denote a temporary stop, as in activity: a short pause in the conversation; a concert with a 15-minute intermission; the legislature's summer recess; toiling without respite; a suspension of work.

pause

(pɔːz)
vb (intr)
1. to cease an action temporarily; stop
2. to hesitate; delay: she replied without pausing.
n
3. a temporary stop or rest, esp in speech or action; short break
4. (Poetry) prosody another word for caesura
5. (Music, other) music Also called: fermata a continuation of a note or rest beyond its normal length. Usual symbol:
6. give pause to to cause to hesitate
[C15: from Latin pausa pause, from Greek pausis, from pauein to halt]
ˈpausal adj
ˈpauser n
ˈpausing n, adj

pause

(pɔz)

n., v. paused, paus•ing. n.
1. a temporary stop or rest, esp. in speech or action.
2. a break in speaking or reading to emphasize or clarify meaning, indicated in writing with punctuation.
3. a break or suspension, as a caesura, in a line of verse.
v.i.
5. to make a brief stop or delay; wait; hesitate.
6. to dwell or linger (usu. fol. by on or upon).
Idioms:
give pause, to cause to hesitate or reconsider, as from surprise or doubt.
[1400–50; Middle English < Latin pausa < Greek paûsis a halt =paú(ein) to stop + -sis -sis]

Pause

 

See Also: CAUTION

  1. Cease like a dropped watch —Henry James
  2. Everybody froze with expectation like an orchestra when the conductor raises his baton —George Garrett
  3. Faltered, chewing on his words sourly and fatuously, like an old cow —William Styron
  4. (We) froze [at seeing an unknown, staring man] as rabbits do —Rumer Godden
  5. Halted, suddenly trembling, like a person armed to defend himself against wild animals, but on meeting one face to face is immediately turned to stone —Jean Stafford

    See Also: TREMBLING

  6. Hesitated like a cat testing an opening with its whiskers —William McIlvanney
  7. A pause, barely noticeable, like a sight between one word and another —Kent Nelson
  8. Shrieked to a trembling stop like a dog on a yanked leash —George Garrett
  9. (Sky and earth did one last slow turn and) wobbled to a halt like a coin coming to rest on a bartop —Loren D. Estleman
  10. Slowed down gradually, like a merry-go-round after a ride —Eudora Welty
  11. Stalled like a whale —John Malcolm Brinnin
  12. Stopped short, like a radio cut off on a crescendo —Frank Tuohy
  13. Stopped speaking for a moment, like a man walking who comes to a brink —John Fowles
  14. Stopped there cold, like a man raking piles of dead leaves in his yard who has turned up a severed hand —W. D. Snodgrass
  15. Stops [suddenly] as though shot in the back —Erich Maria Remarque
  16. Stumbled to a halt like sheep in a chute —Will Weaver
  17. Suddenly there was a lull in my mind, like the détente after a retreating thunderstorm —L. P. Hartley
  18. Talk died … as if the voices in the room were on tape and someone had pulled the plug —Will Weaver

    See Also: SPEAKING, SILENCE

pause


Past participle: paused
Gerund: pausing

Imperative
pause
pause
Present
I pause
you pause
he/she/it pauses
we pause
you pause
they pause
Preterite
I paused
you paused
he/she/it paused
we paused
you paused
they paused
Present Continuous
I am pausing
you are pausing
he/she/it is pausing
we are pausing
you are pausing
they are pausing
Present Perfect
I have paused
you have paused
he/she/it has paused
we have paused
you have paused
they have paused
Past Continuous
I was pausing
you were pausing
he/she/it was pausing
we were pausing
you were pausing
they were pausing
Past Perfect
I had paused
you had paused
he/she/it had paused
we had paused
you had paused
they had paused
Future
I will pause
you will pause
he/she/it will pause
we will pause
you will pause
they will pause
Future Perfect
I will have paused
you will have paused
he/she/it will have paused
we will have paused
you will have paused
they will have paused
Future Continuous
I will be pausing
you will be pausing
he/she/it will be pausing
we will be pausing
you will be pausing
they will be pausing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pausing
you have been pausing
he/she/it has been pausing
we have been pausing
you have been pausing
they have been pausing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pausing
you will have been pausing
he/she/it will have been pausing
we will have been pausing
you will have been pausing
they will have been pausing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pausing
you had been pausing
he/she/it had been pausing
we had been pausing
you had been pausing
they had been pausing
Conditional
I would pause
you would pause
he/she/it would pause
we would pause
you would pause
they would pause
Past Conditional
I would have paused
you would have paused
he/she/it would have paused
we would have paused
you would have paused
they would have paused
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pause - a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of somethingpause - a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
interval, time interval - a definite length of time marked off by two instants
lapse - a break or intermission in the occurrence of something; "a lapse of three weeks between letters"
blackout - a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting
caesura - a pause or interruption (as in a conversation); "after an ominous caesura the preacher continued"
dead air - an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound
delay, postponement, time lag, wait, hold - time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
halftime - an intermission between the first and second half of a game
rest period, rest, respite, relief - a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
time-out - a brief suspension of play; "each team has two time-outs left"
letup, lull - a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished; "there was never a letup in the noise"
2.pause - temporary inactivity
inactivity - being inactive; being less active
time out, respite, break, recess - a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
falter, faltering, waver, hesitation - the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech"
intermission - the act of suspending activity temporarily
freeze, halt - an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement; "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze"
Verb1.pause - interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The speaker paused"
hem and haw - utter `hems' and `haws'; indicated hesitation; "He hemmed and hawed when asked to address the crowd"
scruple - hesitate on moral grounds; "The man scrupled to perjure himself"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
2.pause - cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
cut off, disrupt, interrupt, break up - make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
catch one's breath, take a breather, rest, breathe - take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
take five - take a break for five minutes; "The musicians took five during the rehearsal"
take ten - take a ten minute break; "The players took ten during the long rehearsal"

pause

verb
1. stop briefly, delay, hesitate, break, wait, rest, halt, cease, interrupt, deliberate, waver, take a break, discontinue, desist, have a breather (informal) He paused briefly before answering.
stop briefly continue, advance, progress, proceed
noun
1. stop, break, delay, interval, hesitation, stay, wait, rest, gap, halt, interruption, respite, lull, stoppage, interlude, cessation, let-up (informal), breathing space, breather (informal), intermission, discontinuance, entr'acte, caesura There was a brief pause in the conversation.
stop advancement, progression, continuance
Quotations
"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause" [Mark Twain]

pause

verb
1. To stop temporarily and remain, as if reluctant to leave:
2. To be irresolute in acting or doing:
noun
Translations
تَوَقُّفعَلامَة تَوَقُّف، تَوَقُّفوَقْفَةٌيَتَوَقَّف
pauzapřestávkaudělatkoruna
pausefermategøre opholdholde pauseophold
paŭzo
taukoväliaikakatkokeskeytyslepoaika
stanka
koronaszünetszünetet tart
gera hléhléòögn; òagnarmerki
小休止
일시 중지
padaryti pertraukąpauzė
fermātapārtraukt uz brīdipauze, pārtraukumstaisīt pauzi
pausepauze
urobiť si prestávku
narediti premorpremor
odmorstanka
paus
การหยุด
araara vermeara vermekduraklamadurma
sự tạm ngừng

pause

[pɔːz]
A. N
1. (= interruption) → pausa f (also Mus); (= silence) → silencio m; (= rest) → descanso m
after a moment's pause he went on speakingtras una breve pausa continuó hablando
there was a pause while the rest came inse hizo una pausa mientras entraban los demás
there was a pause for refreshmentshubo un descanso para tomar refrigerios
there was an awkward pause in the conversationse produjo un silencio incómodo en medio de la conversación
to give sb pause; give pause to sbhacer vacilar a algn
to give sb pause for thoughtdar que pensar a algn
without (a) pausesin interrupción
2. (on cassette-player) → botón m de pausa
B. VI (in activity) → hacer un descanso; (when speaking) → callarse (momentáneamente), detenerse; (when moving) → detenerse
we paused for a break half-way through the afternoonparamos a descansar a media tarde
let's pause herehagamos un descanso aquí
it made him pausele hizo vacilar
to pause for breathdetenerse para tomar aliento
C. CPD pause button Nbotón m de pausa

pause

[ˈpɔːz]
n
(= break) → pause f
without a pause → sans s'arrêter pause button
to give sb pause for thought (= make sb think) → donner à réfléchir à qn
vifaire une pause, s'arrêter
to pause for breath → reprendre son souffle
scarcely pausing for breath → en s'arrêtant à peine pour soufflerpause button nbouton m "pause"

pause

nPause f; a hesitant pauseein kurzes Zögern; an anxious/a pregnant pauseein ängstliches/vielsagendes Schweigen; there was a pause while …es entstand eine Pause, während …; to have a pause(eine) Pause machen; without (a) pauseohne Unterbrechung, pausenlos, ununterbrochen; to give somebody pause (for thought) (esp liter)jdm zu denken geben, jdn nachdenklich stimmen
vi
(= stop for a short while)stehen bleiben, stoppen (inf); (speaker)innehalten; can’t we pause for a bit, I’m exhaustedkönnen wir nicht eine kurze Pause machen, ich bin erschöpft; he paused dramaticallyer legte eine Kunstpause ein; pause before you actüberlege erst mal, bevor du etwas tust; he paused for breath/for a drinker machte eine Pause, um Luft zu holen/etwas zu trinken; to pause for thought(zum Nachdenken) innehalten; he spoke for thirty minutes without once pausinger sprach eine halbe Stunde ohne eine einzige Pause; let’s pause heremachen wir hier Pause; it made him pausedas machte ihn nachdenklich
(= dwell on) to pause (up)on somethingauf etw (acc)näher eingehen
vt video, tape etcanhalten

pause

[pɔːz]
1. npausa (Mus) → pausa; (sign) → corona
there was a pause while ... → ci fu un momento di attesa mentre...
2. vi (gen) → fermarsi un momento; (in speech) → fare una pausa
to pause for breath → fermarsi un attimo per riprendere fiato

pause

(poːz) noun
1. a short stop, break or interval (while doing something). There was a pause in the conversation.
2. the act of making a musical note or rest slightly longer than normal, or a mark showing that this is to be done.
verb
to stop talking, working etc for a short time. They paused for a cup of tea.

pause

وَقْفَةٌ pauza pause Pause παύση pausa tauko pause stanka pausa 小休止 일시 중지 pauze pause pauza pausa пауза paus การหยุด duraklama sự tạm ngừng 暂停

pause

n. pausa, interrupción; paro;
compensatory ______ compensatoria;
v.
to give ___dar que pensar.
References in classic literature ?
asked the boy, changing the subject, after a little pause, during which he stared at the fire and Jo looked about her, well pleased.
Well, I'm just as glad Beecher and his party aren't going with us," resumed Ned, after a pause.
as the truth first glanced upon their minds, while the former, after a short, musing pause, took upon himself to reply.
Yes, ma'am," he continued, after an exhilarated pause.
After a moment's pause on the threshold, peering towards the window with her near-sighted scowl, as if frowning down some bitter enemy, she suddenly projected herself into the shop.
A writhing horror twisted itself across his features, like a snake gliding swiftly over them, and making one little pause, with all its wreathed intervolutions in open sight.
Fain would I pause to dwell upon the world of charms that burst upon the enraptured gaze of my hero, as he entered the state parlor of Van Tassel's mansion.
Five long, long minutes he smoothly shuffled away--a pause followed, then something fell with a thump on the floor.
He waited yet one, two, three moments, to let his pause complete and perfect its spell upon the house; then, when through the profound hush he could hear the ticking of the clock on the wall, he put out his hand and took the Indian knife by the blade and held it aloft where all could see the sinister spots upon its ivory handle; then he said, in a level and passionless voice:
When Elinor had ceased to rejoice in the dryness of the season, a very awful pause took place.
Now came a pause of ten minutes, during which I, by this time in perfect possession of my wits, observed all the female Brocklehursts produce their pocket-handkerchiefs and apply them to their optics, while the elderly lady swayed herself to and fro, and the two younger ones whispered, "How shocking
But the pause was brief, for the blind man again issued his commands.