pausepause1 /pɔːz $ pɒːz/ ●●●W2 verb1PAUSE[intransitive] to stopspeaking or doing something for a short time before starting againpause forShe paused for a moment.He paused for breath, then continued up the hill.‘No, ’ he replied, without pausing for thought.pause to do somethingJoe paused to consider his answer.► see thesaurus at stop2[intransitive, transitive] to push a button on a CDplayer, DVD player etc in order to make a CD, DVD etc stop playing for a short timeCOLLOCATIONSadverbsbrieflyAt the doorway she paused briefly.momentarily (=for a very short time)He paused momentarily, then knocked twice more.dramatically'They have offered us a lot of money.' She paused dramatically.phrasespause (for) a momentHe paused for a moment, seemingly overcome by emotion.pause for breathShe had to pause for breath after every two or three steps.pause for thought'Of course, ' she replied, without pausing for thought.pause for effect (=in order to make people eager to hear what you are going to say)'Now I know what to do, ' Brown said, pausing for effect.pause only to do somethingHe paused only to make a few notes, and left.THESAURUSpause to stop speaking or stop doing something for a very short time before starting again. Pause is used especially in writtendescriptions. In everyday spoken English, people usually just say stopShe paused at the bottom of the stairs and looked up at the clock.He paused, waiting for Larry to say something.hesitate to stop for a moment and wait before doing something, because you feel unsure or nervous about itShe hesitated for a moment before replying.have/take a break to stop working for a short time in order to rest, eat etcWe’re all getting tired. Let’s take a break for ten minutes.adjourn formal if a meeting or courtadjourns or is adjourned, it stops for a short timeIf there are no more questions, the committee will adjourn until tomorrow morning.The trial was adjourned because one of the defendants was ill.take five especially American English informal to stop for a short time in order to restLet’s take five and get some coffee.break off to suddenly stop speaking, especially because you see, hear, or think of somethingHe broke off his conversation when he saw Mary running towards him.She broke off and looked embarrassed, then said, ‘I’ll explain later.’ → See Verb table
pausepause2 ●●●W2 noun [countable]1PAUSEa short time during which someone stops speaking or doing something before starting againThere was a pause while Alice changed the tape.After a long pause, she went on.pause inan awkward pause in the conversation2 (also pause button) a control which allows you to stop a CD player, DVD player etc for a short time and start it again3APMa mark ( ) over a musical note, showing that the note is to be played or sung longer than usual4 →give somebody pause (for thought)COLLOCATIONSadjectivesa long pauseThere was a long pause before anyone spoke.a brief/short/slight pause"Well, that was a surprise, " he said after a brief pause.a momentary pause (=very short)There was a momentary pause during which Mr Hammond glanced at his wife.an awkward pauseAfter an awkward pause, Ray began to answer my question.a dramatic pause (=one that has a dramatic effect)In the dramatic pause before she replied, you could feel the tension in the room.a pregnant pause (=one that is full of meaning or emotion)‘OK. Let’s move on, ’ said the president after a pregnant pause.