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English definition of “pause”

pause

noun [C]     /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.Pauses and interludes
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