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English noun: pause

1. pause (time) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something


Synonymsbreak, intermission, interruption, suspension


Broader (hypernym)interval, time interval


Narrower (hyponym)blackout, caesura, dead air, delay, halftime, hold, lapse, letup, lull, postponement, relief, respite, rest, rest period, time lag, time-out, wait

2. pause (act) temporary inactivity


Broader (hypernym)inactivity


Narrower (hyponym)break, falter, faltering, freeze, halt, hesitation, intermission, recess, respite, time out, waver


English verb: pause

1. pause (stative) interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing


SamplesThe speaker paused.


ExamplesThey pause a long time


Synonymshesitate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)delay


Narrower (hyponym)hem and haw, scruple

2. pause (communication) cease an action temporarily


SamplesWe pause for station identification.
Let's break for lunch.


Synonymsbreak, intermit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt


Narrower (hyponym)breathe, catch one's breath, rest, take a breather, take five, take ten









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