(noun) temporary inactivity
pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension
(noun) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
pause, intermit, break
(verb) cease an action temporarily; “We pause for station identification”; “let’s break for lunch”
(verb) interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; “The speaker paused”
Source: WordNet® 3.1
pause (third-person singular simple present pauses, present participle pausing, simple past and past participle paused)
(intransitive) To take a temporary rest, take a break for a short period after an effort.
(intransitive) To interrupt an activity and wait.
(intransitive) To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
(transitive) To halt the play or playback of, temporarily, so that it can be resumed from the same point.
(intransitive, obsolete) To consider; to reflect.
pause (plural pauses)
A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
Synonyms: hiatus, moratorium, recess, Thesaurus:pause
A short time for relaxing and doing something else.
Synonyms: break, holiday, recess, Thesaurus:vacation
Hesitation; suspense; doubt.
Synonyms: vacillation, wavering
In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and nature of an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation mark.
A break or paragraph in writing.
(music) A sign indicating continuance of a note or rest.
Alternative spelling of Pause
(as direct object) take pause: hesitate; give pause: cause to hesitate
Pause (plural Pauses)
A button whose functions are pausing and resuming something, such as a DVD player, a video game or a computer.
Pause, n. Etym: [F., fr. L. pausa. See Pose.]
1. A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption;
2. Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt.
I stand in pause where I shall first begin. Shak.
3. In speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension of
voice, to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their
4. In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and nature of
an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation point; as, teach the
pupil to mind the pauses.
5. A break or paragraph in writing.
He writes with warmth, which usually neglects method, and those
partitions and pauses which men educated in schools observe. Locke.
Definition: A hold. See 4th Hold, 7.
– Stop; cessation; suspension.
Pause, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paused; p. pr. & vb. n. Pausing.] Etym:
[Cf. F. pauser, L. pausare. See Pause, n., Pose.]
1. To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or
acting; to stop; to wait; to rest. "Tarry, pause a day or two." Shak.
Pausing while, thus to herself she mused. Milton.
2. To be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses.
3. To hesitate; to hold back; to delay. [R.]
Why doth the Jew pause Take thy forfeiture. Shak.
4. To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect. [R.]
"Take time to pause." Shak. To pause upon, to deliberate concerning.
– To intermit; stop; stay; wait; delay; tarry; hesitate; demur.
Pause, v. t.
Definition: To cause to stop or rest; -- used reflexively. [R.] Shak.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition