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Definitions and Synonyms of pause | Another word for pause | What is pause?

Definition 1: temporary inactivity - [noun denoting act]

(pause is a kind of ...) being inactive; being less active

(... is a kind of pause ) a pause from doing something (as work)

"we took a 10-minute break" "he took time out to recuperate"

(... is a kind of pause ) the act of pausing uncertainly

"there was a hesitation in his speech"

(... is a kind of pause ) the act of suspending activity temporarily

(... is a kind of pause ) an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement

"a halt in the arms race" "a nuclear freeze"

Definition 2: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for pause in the sense of this definition

(pause is a kind of ...) a definite length of time marked off by two instants

(... is a kind of pause ) a brief suspension of play

"each team has two time-outs left"

(... is a kind of pause ) a pause for relaxation

"people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"

(... is a kind of pause ) an intermission between the first and second half of a game

(... is a kind of pause ) time during which some action is awaited

"instant replay caused too long a delay" "he ordered a hold in the action"

(... is a kind of pause ) an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound

(... is a kind of pause ) a pause or interruption (as in a conversation)

"after an ominous caesura the preacher continued"

(... is a kind of pause ) a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting

(... is a kind of pause ) a break or intermission in the occurrence of something

"a lapse of three weeks between letters"

(... is a kind of pause ) a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished

"there was never a letup in the noise"

Definition 3: cease an action temporarily - [verb of communication]

Samples where pause or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We pause for station identification
  • let's break for lunch

Synonyms for pause in the sense of this definition

(pause is a kind of ...) make a break in

"We interrupt the program for the following messages"

(... is a kind of pause ) take a short break from one's activities in order to relax

(... is a kind of pause ) take a break for five minutes

"The musicians took five during the rehearsal"

(... is a kind of pause ) take a ten minute break

"The players took ten during the long rehearsal"

Definition 4: interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing - [verb of stative]

Samples where pause or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The speaker paused

Synonyms for pause in the sense of this definition

(pause is a kind of ...) act later than planned, scheduled, or required

"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

(... is a kind of pause ) utter `hems' and `haws'; indicated hesitation

"He hemmed and hawed when asked to address the crowd"

(... is a kind of pause ) hesitate on moral grounds

"The man scrupled to perjure himself"

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