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pause

See also: Pause, -pause, and pausé

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

Rhymes: -ɔːz

VerbEdit

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.

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

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

TranslationsEdit


FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin pausa.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pause f (plural pauses)

  1. pause, break

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ItalianEdit

NounEdit

pause f

  1. plural form of pausa

Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin pausa.

NounEdit

pause f (plural pauses)

  1. pause (brief cessation)

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit


NorwegianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

pause m

  1. pause (short time for relaxing)

InflectionEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

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.

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

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