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Pause, subst. 1) a temporary stop, an intermission of acting or speaking: “swelling passion doth provoke a p.” Ven. 218. “he rouseth up himself and makes a p.” Lucr. 541. R3 I, 2, 162. Hml. II, 2, 509. Oth. V, 2, 82.
2) a stop made and time taken for consideration: “without any p. or staggering,” Wiv. III, 3, 12. “hadst thou but shook thy head or made a p.” John IV, 2, 231. “a night is but small breath and little p. to answer matters of this consequence,” H5 II, 4, 145. “give me some breath, some little p.” R3 IV, 2, 24. “what dreams may come . . . must give us p.” Hml. III, 1, 68. “steps in to Cassio and entreuts his p.” Oth. II, 3, 229. “he mocks the --s that he makes,” Ant. V, 1, 3.
3) consideration, reflexion: “sad p. and deep regard beseem the sage,” Lucr. 277. “too long a p. for that which you find there,” Merch. II, 9, 53. “but yet I'll make a p.” H6C III, 2, 10. “justles roughly by all time of p.” Troil. IV, 4, 37. “like a man to double business bound, I stand in p. where I shall first begin,” Hml. III, 3, 42. “this sudden sending him away must seem deliberate p.” IV, 3, 9.
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