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pause verb

ADV. briefly, (for) a moment, (for) an instant, momentarily She paused a moment and then walked away. | barely, hardly He spoke for two hours and barely paused for breath. | deliberately She paused deliberately, her eyes holding his. | dramatically, impressively, meaningfully, significantly | reflectively, thoughtfully | irresolutely

PHRASES pause for breath/thought, pause only (long enough) to do sth Pausing only to put out her cigarette, she left the room. | pause to consider/look/reflect/think Just pause to think before giving me your answer. | without pausing Without pausing to knock, she opened the door.