Pause Pause, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Paused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pausing}.] [Cf. F. pauser, L. pausare. See {Pause}, n., {Pose}.] 1. To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest. ``Tarry, pause a day or two.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Pausing while, thus to herself she mused. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses. [1913 Webster]

3. To hesitate; to hold back; to delay. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Why doth the Jew pause? Take thy forfeiture. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect. [R.] ``Take time to pause.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To pause upon}, to deliberate concerning. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To intermit; stop; stay; wait; delay; tarry; hesitate; demur. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.