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[pawz]
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noun
  1. a temporary stop or rest, especially in speech or action: a short pause after each stroke of the oar.
  2. a cessation of activity because of doubt or uncertainty; a momentary hesitation.
  3. any comparatively brief stop, delay, wait, etc.: I would like to make a pause in my talk and continue after lunch.
  4. a break or rest in speaking or reading to emphasize meaning, grammatical relation, metrical division, etc., or in writing or printing by the use of punctuation.
  5. Prosody. a break or suspension, as a caesura, in a line of verse.
  6. Music. a fermata.
verb (used without object), paused, paus·ing.
  1. to make a brief stop or delay; wait; hesitate: He paused at the edge of the pool for a moment. I'll pause in my lecture so we can all get some coffee.
  2. to dwell or linger (usually followed by on or upon): to pause upon a particular point.
Idioms
  1. give pause, to cause to hesitate or be unsure, as from surprise or doubt: These frightening statistics give us pause.

Origin of pause

1400–50; (noun) Middle English < Latin pausa < Greek paûsis a halt, equivalent to paú(ein) to stop + -sis -sis; (v.) derivative of the noun
Related formspaus·al, adjectivepause·ful, adjectivepause·ful·ly, adverbpause·less, adjectivepause·less·ly, adverbpaus·er, nounpaus·ing·ly, adverbnon·pause, nounun·paus·ing, adjective
Can be confusedpause paws pores pours

Synonyms

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1–3. suspension, interruption, break, halt; hiatus, lacuna. 7. rest. 8. tarry, delay.
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  • In this holy atmosphere we paused for a moment in silent reverence.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Passing the Jewish cemetery, Kate and Harry paused a moment.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Philip, after a moment's hesitation, followed her, and paused in the doorway.

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    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • She paused, with a look of expectation, as if she waited for my consenting answer.

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    Samuel Richardson

  • "I'll see you later," said Grace, as they paused for a moment in front of Vinton's.


British Dictionary definitions for paused

pause

verb (intr)
  1. to cease an action temporarily; stop
  2. to hesitate; delayshe replied without pausing
noun
  1. a temporary stop or rest, esp in speech or action; short break
  2. prosody another word for caesura
  3. Also called: fermata music a continuation of a note or rest beyond its normal lengthUsual symbol:
  4. give pause to to cause to hesitate
Derived Formspausal, adjectivepauser, nounpausing, noun, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin pausa pause, from Greek pausis, from pauein to halt
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Word Origin and History for paused

pause

n.

early 15c., from Old French pausee "a pause, interruption" (14c.) and directly from Latin pausa "a halt, stop, cessation," from Greek pausis "stopping, ceasing," from pauein "to stop, to cause to cease," from PIE root *paus- "to leave, desert, cease, stop."

pause

v.

mid-15c., from pause (n.) and from Middle French pauser, from Late Latin pausare "to halt, cease, pause." Related: Paused; pausing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

paused in Medicine

pause

(pôz)
n.
  1. A temporary stop or cessation.
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Idioms and Phrases with paused

pause

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