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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pause, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paused p. pr. & vb. n. Pausing.]
 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.”
    Pausing a while, thus to herself she mused.   --Milton.
 2. To be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses.
 3. To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.   [R.]
    Why doth the Jew pause?  Take thy forfeiture.   --Shak.
 4. To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect. [R.] “Take time to pause.”
 To pause upon, to deliberate concerning.
 Syn: -- To intermit; stop; stay; wait; delay; tarry; hesitate; demur.