I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein to stop Date: 15th century 1. a temporary stop 2. a. a break in a verse b. a brief suspension of the voice to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts 3. temporary inaction especially as caused by uncertainty ; hesitation 4. a. the sign denoting a fermata b. a mark (as a period or comma) used in writing or printing to indicate or correspond to a pause of voice 5. a reason or cause for pausing (as to reconsider) <
a thought that should give one pause
6. a function of an electronic device that pauses a recording II. verb (paused; pausing) Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to stop temporarily 2. to linger for a time transitive verb to cause to pause ; stop

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  • pause — ► NOUN 1) a temporary stop in action or speech. 2) Music a mark ( ) over a note or rest that is to be lengthened by an unspecified amount. ► VERB ▪ stop temporarily. ● give pause (or give pause for thought) to Cf. ↑give pause to …   English terms dictionary

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