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Definitions of pause

  1. To make a short stop or pause. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To cause to stop or rest; - used reflexively. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To make a short stop; wait; hesitate. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To make a pause. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To stop; wait. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To stop; hold back; delay; linger. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To stop; to halt; to cease for a time either to speak or act; to deliberate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. In speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension of voice, to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A break or paragraph in writing. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A hold. See 4th Hold, 7. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To hesitate; to hold back; to delay. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A temporary stop or rest; a brief ceasing of action; interruption; hesitation; a break in speaking; a break in writing indicated by a punctuation mark; a mark in music over or under a note or rest to show that it is to be prolonged. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. A ceasing: a temporary stop: cessation caused by doubt: suspense: a mark for suspending the voice: (music) a mark showing continuance of a note or rest. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. A stop; cessation; suspense. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. A cessation or intermission of action. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A holding back; hesitation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. A cessation or intermission in speaking or action; suspense; a break in writing; mark of cessation or intermission of the voice; a rest, thus indicated. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. A cessation, intermission, or rest in something, as in labour, reading, speaking, &c.; a cessation proceeding from doubt, suspense, or fear; a stop or rest; a musical sign which indicates that silence is to be prolonged. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for pause

  1. " Edgar, I will tell you what I think must be done," said Jane, after a pause – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  2. After a pause she asked: " I suppose Olga told you that I know- everything?" – The Splendid Folly by Margaret Pedler
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