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Pause, vb. 1) to make a stop, to intermit or discontinue acting or speaking: “p. a while, and let my counsel sway you in this case,” Ado IV, 1, 202. “p. a day or two before you hazard,” Merch. III, 2, 1. “while I p., serve in your harmony,” Shr. III, 1, 14. “we coldly p. for thee,” John II, 53 (to hear thy message). “p. or be more temperate,” John II, 53 “stay and p. a while,” H4A I, 3, 129. “there did he p.” V, 2, 66. “p. and take thy breath,” H6A IV, 6, 4. “what seest thou in me? why dost thou p.?” H6B V, 2, 19. “I'll never p. again, never stand still,” H6C II, 3, 30. “good fortune bids us p.” II, 6, 31. “I have seen thee p. and take thy breath,” Troil. IV, 5, 192. “I p. for a reply,” Caes. III, 2, 36. “I must p. till it come back to me,” Caes. III, 2, 36 “yet p. a while,” Per. II, 3, 53.
2) to take time for consideration, to consider before acting: “--ing for means to mourn some newer way,” Lucr. 1365. “patience unmoved, no marvel though she p.” Err. II, 1, 32. “take time to p.” Mids. I, 1, 83. “p. there, Morocco,” Merch. II, 7, 24. “but yet I'll p.” R2 II, 3, 168. “other offenders we will p. upon,” H4A V, 5, 15.
3) to hesitate, to hold back, to delay: were I hard-favoured. . . . “then mightst thou p.” Ven. 137. “why doth the Jew p.? take thy forfeiture,” Merch. IV, 1, 335. “p. not,” John V, 1, 14. “do not p.” R3 I, 2, 180. “p., if thou wilt,” Troil. V, 6, 14.
4) Used reflexively, == to repose one's self: “only we want a little personal strength, and p. us, till these rebels come underneath the yoke of government,” H4B IV, 4, 9.
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