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verb     pause pronunciation in American English
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.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a CD, DVD, game, etc. stop for a short time by pressing a button


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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