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noun pause pronunciation in British English /pɔːz/
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  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 for:

    His reply was delivered with scarcely a pause for breath.

    pause in:

    Kate waited for a pause in the conversation.

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

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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