Meaning of “pause” - Learner’s Dictionary

pause

verb [ I ] us uk /pɔːz/
He paused and then went on with his story.He paused for reflection before answering my question.Try not to pause for too long before you answer their questions.He kept pausing in between sentences.The soundtrack pauses for a second and then continues.

B1 to stop doing something for a short time:

She paused for a moment and looked around her.
pause noun [ C ]

B2

There was a short pause before he spoke.

(Definition of “pause” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)