[ pawz ]
/ pɔz /


verb (used without object), paused, paus·ing.

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.
to dwell or linger (usually followed by on or upon): to pause upon a particular point.

Nearby words

  1. paupiette,
  2. paur,
  3. pauraque,
  4. pauropod,
  5. pausanias,
  6. pautrier's microabscess,
  7. pav,
  8. pavage,
  9. pavan,
  10. pavane


    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 forms
Can be confusedpause paws pores pours Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pause


/ (pɔːz) /

verb (intr)

to cease an action temporarily; stop
to hesitate; delayshe replied without pausing


a temporary stop or rest, esp in speech or action; short break
prosody another word for caesura
Also called: fermata music a continuation of a note or rest beyond its normal lengthUsual symbol:
give pause to to cause to hesitate
Derived Formspausal, adjectivepauser, nounpausing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for pause

C15: from Latin pausa pause, from Greek pausis, from pauein to halt

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Word Origin and History for pause
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Medicine definitions for pause


[ pôz ]


A temporary stop or cessation.

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Idioms and Phrases with pause


see give pause.

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