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pause

noun [C] uk   /pɔːz/ us    /pɑːz/
B2 a short period in which something such as a sound or an activity is stopped before starting again: There will be a brief pause in the proceedings while the piano is moved into place. After a long, awkward pause someone asked a question. She spoke for three quarters of an hour without so much as a pause. There followed a pregnant (= filled with meaning) pause in which neither of them knew what to say.

pause

verb uk   /pɔːz/ us    /pɑːz/
B1 [I] to stop doing something for a short time: He paused and thought for a moment. She paused to get her breath back and then carried on jogging. B2 [T, I] to make a recording stop for a short time by pressing a button: Can you pause the movie there, please?
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