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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


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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