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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.
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pausenoun

uk   /pɔːz/ us   /pɑːz/
B2 [C] 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 finally 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.
[U] also pause button [C] a button or control that allows you to stop a recording for a short time: I pressed pause/the pause button so I could go make a cup of tea.
[C] UK specialized music a period of silence between musical notes, or a symbol that represents this
Synonym
[C] specialized music a symbol in music meaning 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 short time: 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 recording stop for a short time by pressing a button: Can you pause the movie there, please? It is now possible to pause and rewind live television. She paused at key moments in the scene.

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