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Definition of pause verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pause
    he / she / it pauses
    past simple paused
    -ing form pausing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to stop talking or doing something for a short time before continuing Anita paused for a moment, then said, “All right.” The woman spoke almost without pausing for breath (= very quickly). I paused at the door and looked back. Pausing only to pull on a sweater, he ran out of the house.
  2. 2[transitive] pause something to stop a tape, CD, etc. for a short time using the pause button She paused the DVD and went to answer the phone.
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