(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): break, intermission, interruption, suspension

Definition categories: time, interval

2. temporary inactivity

Definition categories: act, inactivity

Sentences with pause as a noun:

- Teach the pupil to mind the pauses.


1. interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

- The speaker paused

Similar word(s): hesitate

Definition categories: stative, delay

2. cease an action temporarily

- We pause for station identification

Similar word(s): break, intermit

Definition categories: communication, disrupt, interrupt

Sentences with pause as a verb:

- When telling the scary story, he paused for effect.

- to pause a song, a video, or a computer game