Definition of "pause" []

  • To cease or suspend an action temporarily. (verb-intransitive)
  • To linger; tarry: paused for a while under the huge oak tree. (verb-intransitive)
  • To hesitate: He paused before replying. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim: "Once a movie [ordered on demand] begins, it can be paused but not rewound or fast-forwarded” ( George Judson). (verb-transitive)
  • A temporary cessation. (noun)
  • To cease an action temporarily; stop (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To hesitate; delay (verb)
  • A temporary stop or rest, esp in speech or action; short break (noun)
  • A continuation of a note or rest beyond its normal length (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "pause" in a sentence
  • "II. i.32 (159,9) [tho 'she pause] To _pause_ is to rest, to be in quiet."
  • "And, of course, it was just hours after President Bush said that he considered the term pause to be misleading because there was going to be no pause in operations."
  • ""I think we're probably on a short term pause to really get the fear and the psychology into the right perspective.""