Synonyms of pause
stop briefly • He paused briefly before answering.
delay • The passengers were delayed by bad weather.
hesitate • She hesitated, debating whether to answer the phone.
break • They broke for lunch.
wait • I waited at the corner for the lights to go green.
rest • They rested only once that morning.
halt • They halted at a short distance from the house.
cease • A small number of firms have ceased trading.
interrupt • He has interrupted his holiday to return to London.
take a break
discontinue • Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting your doctor.
desist • Kindly desist from making so much noise.
have a breather (informal)
stopDictionary • There was a brief pause in the conversation.
stop • The last stop in his lengthy tour was Paris.
break • Nothing has been discussed that might lead to a break in the deadlock.
delay • Air restrictions might mean delays for Easter holidaymakers.
interval • During the interval, wine was served.
stay • The court dismissed defence appeals for a permanent stay of execution.
wait • After a long wait, someone finally picked up the phone.
rest • He took a rest from teaching.
gap • There followed a gap of four years.
halt • Air traffic has been brought to a halt.
interruption • interruptions in the supply of food and fuel
respite • I rang home during a brief respite at work.
lull • a lull in the conversation
interlude • It was a happy interlude in her life.
cessation • They would not agree to a cessation of hostilities.
let-up (informal) • There was no sign of any let-up in the battle on the money markets yesterday.
breathing space • We hope that it will give us some breathing space.
breather (informal) • Relax and take a breather whenever you feel that you need one.
intermission • Drinks were served during the intermission.
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breakIf someone breaks for a short period of time, they rest or change from what they are doing for a short period.
• They broke for lunch.
breakBreak is also a noun.
• Nothing has been discussed that might lead to a break in the deadlock.
breather (informal)If you take a breather, you stop what you are doing for a short time and have a rest.
• Relax and take a breather whenever you feel that you need one.
Thesaurus for pause from the Collins English Thesaurus