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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pause:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pause:

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Definition of the noun pause

What does pause mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: pauses

  1. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  2. temporary inactivity

Alternative definition of the noun pause


  1. A short time for relaxing and doing something else.

Definition of the verb pause

What does pause mean as a doing word?

Pause is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: paused | pausing | pauses

  1. interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
    • examples: The speaker paused | They pause a long time
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] over [Theme]Sasha dawdled over lunch
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]Sasha dawdled in the museum

      Verbs of Lingering (with the same syntax): dally, dawdle, dither, equivocate, hesitate, linger, loaf, loiter, potter, procrastinate, tarry.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of pause: hesitate
    • more generic word: delay = act later than planned, scheduled, or required
    • more specific terms:
  2. cease an action temporarily

Alternative definition of the verb pause


  1. [ambitransitive] To interrupt current work and do something else for a moment.


Who is Pause?

Pause: Daniel Zisette Kushnir better known by his stage name Pause is an American musician and rap artist. The multi-instrumentalist producer has risen to prominence in 2013 with placements on the Showtime series Ray Donovan and Volition, Inc.'s 2013 release, Saints Row IV.

Phrases with Pause

  1. to pause
  2. Filled Pause
  3. Normal pause
  4. Spoken Pause
  5. Pregnant Pause
  6. Give Somebody Pause

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pause

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Google previewA Grammar of the English Language (1866)

by William Fewsmith, Edgar Arthur Singer

A Pause is a suspension of the voice in reading or in speaking. Two pauses, besides those required by the sense, belong to verse, — the Final and the Csesural. The Final Pause is that which occurs at the end of the line, whether required by ...

Google previewNew Queer Cinema (2013)

The Director’s Cut by B. Ruby Rich

Play Pause is a happily-never-after story of urban life that queers the metropolis as thoroughly as Ang Lee queered the landscapes of Brokeback Mountain or as Isaac Iulien queered those of the prewar Harlem Renaissance and Texas itself.

Google previewManagement of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion - E-Book (2014)

by Jeffrey P. Okeson

The pause is a moment to be still and relax. 5. If at any time you begin to feel lightheaded or dizzy, you are exchanging too much air. Either return to your normal breathing pattern, or better, wait longer between breaths and do not breathe as ...

Google previewCommunication in Nursing - E-Book (2014)

by Julia Balzer Riley

Here a pause is a few moments, perhaps, one deep breath, that can reframe how you see your work and its meaning and communi- cate your genuineness. Carl Rogers (1980), a pioneer in the study of communication, used the two synonyms ...

Google previewThe Art of English Poetry (1714)

by Edward Bysshe

The Pause is a Rest or Stop that is made in pronouncin the Verse, and that divides it, as it were, into Two Parts; ea of which is call'd an Hemistich, or Half- Verse. r But this Division is not always equal, that is to say, one of the Half:Verses does ...

Google previewSACRED SUNDAYS (2011)

Excerpts from ''Making Progress in the New Millenium by following the Path from Within'' by Dionne Q. Blackwell Aka Empress Kali

Pause means to slow everything down,toget rest so you are able to regenerate and reactiveyour mind, yourbodyand your soul. Whenyou give yourself sacred moments youare able to recognize those patterns and behaviors constantly creating ...

Google previewJim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength, 2E (2014)

by Stoppani, Jim

This can be done by implementing short rest periods between each rep (as with the rest–pause technique), by progressively lowering the rest between sets every week (as with one-rep to one-set method), or by progressively losing rest time ...

Google previewThe Giant Encyclopedia of Transition Activities for Children 3 to 6 : Over 600 Activities Created by Teachers for Teachers (2005)

by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, Jennifer Ford

Say,"Pause" and the children freeze in place. Say, "Rewind" and the children walk backwards. Say, "Stop" and the game ends, and the children go to a new activity or return to the original activity. Gross Motor: Make this game more challenging ...

Google previewSafire's Political Dictionary (2008)

by William Safire

bombing pause In British political usage, to bolt a bill is to pass it without close consideration, which in American usage is railroad it through. For other horse- racing metaphors in politics, see DARK HORSE; SHOO-IN; FRONT RUNNER.

Google previewEncyclopedia of New Age Beliefs (1996)

by John Ankerberg, John Weldon

(Pause) Remain there for a few seconds, deeply, totally relaxed. (Pause) Now you will go still deeper. Imagine yourself going down a staircase. Starting at the top, you will slowly go down ten stairs, one at a time, each stair going into a deeper ...


pause for tone American ...

Google previewAdams' New Musical Dictionary (1865)

Of Fifteen Thousand Technical Words, Phrases, Abbreviations, Initials, and Signs, Employed in Musical and Rhythmical Art and Science, in Nearly Fifty Ancient and Modern Languages

A pause for all the performers. Pause. A character ...

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Quotes about Pause

Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day. (Charles Dickens)
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Scrabble value of P3A1U1S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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