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pausenoun

uk   /pɔːz/  us   /pɑːz/
B2 [C] a ​shortperiod 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 ​finallyasked 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.
[U] (also pause button [C]) a ​button or ​control that ​allows you to ​stop a ​recording for a ​shorttime: I pressed pause/the pause ​button so I could go make a ​cup of ​tea.
[C] UK specialized music a ​period of ​silence between ​musicalnotes, or a ​symbol that ​represents this
Synonym
[C] specialized music a ​symbol in ​musicmeaning that a ​note or rest should be ​held for ​longer than ​normal

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pauseverb

uk   /pɔːz/  us   /pɑːz/
B1 [I] to ​stop doing something for a ​shorttime: He paused and ​thought for a ​moment. She paused to ​catch her ​breath, and then ​kept on ​jogging.
B2 [I or T] to make a ​recordingstop for a ​shorttime by ​pressing a ​button: Can you pause the ​movie there, ​please? It is now ​possible to pause and ​rewindlivetelevision. She paused at ​keymoments in the ​scene.

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(Definition of pause from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pausenoun [C]

 us   /pɔz/
a ​moment in which something, such as a ​sound or an ​activity, ​stops before ​starting again: There was a ​long pause during which we all ​wondered what he would say next.
pause
verb [I]  us   /pɔz/
She paused to ​catch her ​breath.
(Definition of pause from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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