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noun     pause pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] a short time when someone stops doing something before starting again

    There was a pause before Joe said, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you.”

    pause in:

    Kate waited for a pause in the conversation.

    pause for:

    His reply was delivered with scarcely a pause for breath.

  2. 2
    [countable] music a mark over a musical note that shows the note should last for longer than usual
  3. 3
    [uncountable] a button that stops a CD, DVD, game, etc. and starts it again at the same point

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