verb (used without object), paused, paus·ing.
Origin of pause
Examples from the Web for pause
But pause for a second, and look back at what these generations of regulators and lawmakers have created.
After a pause she invited me in with a warm smile, as if I were a neighbor.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I had to pause for sheep crossing the road, which is a common occurrence when driving through the Highlands of Scotland.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan||December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was I think [pause]…a quite evolved relationship, and one that made me very happy.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson|Alex Suskind|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Meditating could help you pause and think logically before your next big purchase or investment.
To this, after a pause, Mollie said: She is very charming; Clive finds her very charming.Christmas Roses and Other Stories|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
"She has a strange assortment of alte Schachteln here," he said, after a pause during which his thoughts were rosy.The Benefactress|Elizabeth Beauchamp
"I am not nearly as low-spirited as I was," she said after a pause.The Rebel of the School|Mrs. L. T. Meade
There is a pause at the end of each verse until the chairman starts the company on the next.Three Men on the Bummel|Jerome K. Jerome
There was a pause, a thrilling, intense pause; and then the confusion of voices.The Tidal Wave and Other Stories|Ethel May Dell
Word Origin for pause
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."
mid-15c., from pause (n.) and from Middle French pauser, from Late Latin pausare "to halt, cease, pause." Related: Paused; pausing.
see give pause.