• To take a temporary rest, take a break for a short period after an effort.
  • To interrupt an activity and wait.
  • To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
  • To halt the play or playback of, temporarily, so that it can be resumed from the same point.
  • To consider; to reflect.



  • From Middle French pause, from Latin pausa, from Ancient Greek παῦσις, from Ancient Greek παύω ("stop"), of uncertain origin. Compare the doublet pausa.

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