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pause

[ pawz ]
/ pɔz /
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noun
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.
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Idioms about pause

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM pause

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pause

pause , paws, pores, pours
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British Dictionary definitions for pause

pause
/ (pɔːz) /

verb (intr)
to cease an action temporarily; stop
to hesitate; delayshe replied without pausing
noun
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 forms of pause

pausal, adjectivepauser, nounpausing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for pause

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

pause
[ pôz ]

n.
A temporary stop or cessation.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with pause

pause

see give pause.

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