1. A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
  2. A short time for relaxing and doing something else.
  3. Hesitation; suspense; doubt.
  4. In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and nature of an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation mark.
  5. A break or paragraph in writing.


  1. To interrupt an activity and wait.
    When telling the scary story, he paused for effect.
  2. To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
  3. To halt the play or playback of, temporarily, so that it can be resumed from the same point.
    to pause a song, a video, or a computer game
  4. To consider; to reflect.

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