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



    BrE BrE//pɔːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔːz//
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  1. 1  [countable] pause (in something) a period of time during which somebody stops talking or stops what they are doing There was a long pause before she answered. David waited for a pause in the conversation so he could ask his question. After a brief pause, they continued climbing. The rain fell without pause.
  2. 2 [countable] (especially British English) (also fermata especially in North American English) (music) a sign () over a note or a rest to show that it should be longer than usual
  3. 3[uncountable] (also pause button) a control that allows you to stop a DVD player, etc. for a short time Press pause to stop the tape.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pausein ‘to stop’.Extra examples Everyone nodded in agreement in the pauses between his sentences. He made frequent pauses to catch his breath. He read very slowly and with frequent pauses. In the pause that followed, I noticed that he was shaking. Shall we take a pause here? She read the whole text without a pause. There was a long pause before he spoke again. a pause for breath during a pause in the conversation in the pauses between his jokes David waited for a pause in the conversation so he could ask Joe his question. The rain fell without pause.Idioms
    give (somebody) pause (also give (somebody) pause for thought)
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    (formal) to make somebody think seriously about something or hesitate before doing something Popular resistance to the measures should give the government pause.
    a pregnant pause/silence
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    an occasion when nobody speaks, although people are aware that there are feelings or thoughts to express There was a pregnant pause before she replied.
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