Definition of pause verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    pause

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pɔːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔːz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pause
    BrE BrE//pɔːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔːz//
     
    he / she / it pauses
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːzɪz//
     
    past simple paused
    BrE BrE//pɔːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔːzd//
     
    past participle paused
    BrE BrE//pɔːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔːzd//
     
    -ing form pausing
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːzɪŋ//
     
     
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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 DVD, etc. for a short time using the pause button She paused the DVD and went to answer the phone.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pausein ‘to stop’.Extra examples He spoke for two hours and barely paused for breath. Just pause to think before giving me your answer. Pausing only to put out her cigarette, she left the room. She paused a moment and then walked away. She paused deliberately, her eyes holding his. She paused mid-stride when the doorbell rang. She paused occasionally to smell the flowers. Without pausing to knock, she opened the door. Anita paused for a moment, then said, ‘All right.’ Pausing only to pull on a sweater, he ran out of the house. The woman spoke almost without pausing for breath.
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