to stop speaking or doing something for a short time before starting again
She paused for a moment.
He paused for breath, then continued up the hill.
'No,' he replied, without pausing for thought.
pause to do something
Joe paused to consider his answer.
2TD [intransitive and transitive]
to push a button on a tape player, CD player, computer etc in order to make a tape, CD etc stop playing for a short time