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Definition of pause:

  1. A break or paragraph in writing.
  2. A hold. See 4th Hold, 7.
  3. A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
  4. In speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension of voice, to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts.
  5. 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.
  6. Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt.
  7. To be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses.
  8. To cause to stop or rest; - used reflexively.
  9. To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
  10. To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest.
  11. To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect.

Synonyms:

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