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verb pause pronunciation in American English /pɔz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepausing
past tensepaused
past participlepaused
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to stop moving or stop what you are doing for a short time before starting again
    She paused at the door and then left.
    pause for breath/thought: He talked for ten minutes, scarcely pausing for breath.
    pause to do something: As we crossed the bridge, we paused to look at the boats.
    pause for: He paused for a sip of water before continuing his speech.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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