pause

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See also: Pause, -pause, and pausé

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French pause, from Latin pausa, from Ancient Greek παῦσις (paûsis)

Pronunciation[edit]

Rhymes: -ɔːz

Verb[edit]

pause (third-person singular simple present pauses, present participle pausing, simple past and past participle paused)

  1. (intransitive) To interrupt an activity and wait.
    When telling the scary story, he paused for effect.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      Tarry, pause a day or two.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      pausing while thus to herself she mused
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 15, The China Governess[1]:
      She paused and took a defiant breath. ‘If you don't believe me, I can't help it. But I'm not a liar.’ ¶ ‘No,’ said Luke, grinning at her. ‘You're not dull enough! [] What about the kid's clothes? I don't suppose they were anything to write home about, but didn't you keep anything? A bootee or a bit of embroidery or anything at all?’
  2. (intransitive) To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
  3. (transitive) 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. (intransitive, obsolete) To consider; to reflect.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

pause (plural pauses)

  1. A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      If the afternoon was fine they strolled together in the park, very slowly, and with pauses to draw breath wherever the ground sloped upward. The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.
  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.
    Teach the pupil to mind the pauses.
  5. A break or paragraph in writing.
    • John Locke (1632-1705)
      He writes with warmth, which usually neglects method, and those partitions and pauses which men educated in schools observe.
  6. Alternative spelling of Pause (a button that pauses or resumes something)
  7. (as direct object) take pause: hesitate; give pause: cause to hesitate

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pausa.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pause f (plural pauses)

  1. pause, break

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

pause f

  1. plural form of pausa

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin pausa.

Noun[edit]

pause f (plural pauses)

  1. pause (brief cessation)

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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin, from Ancient Greek παύω (paúō, stop).

Noun[edit]

pause m

  1. pause (short time for relaxing)

Inflection[edit]

References[edit]

  • “pause” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

pause

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of pausar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of pausar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of pausar.

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

pause

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of pausar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of pausar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of pausar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of pausar