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Pause vs. Resume: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Pause refers to temporarily stopping an action or process, while resume means to start or continue again after a pause or interruption.
Pause vs. Resume

Key Differences

Pause refers to a temporary halt in an action, suggesting a brief interruption. Resume, on the other hand, denotes the action of starting again after a pause, implying a continuation of what was previously halted.
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Pause implies a deliberate stop for a short period, often to assess or reflect, while resume signifies the act of recommencing an activity or process that had been paused.
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In a pause, there is an implication of a brief, temporary break in activity. Conversely, to resume is to reinitiate the activity that was paused, picking up where one left off.
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Pause suggests a momentary cessation, which might be for rest or contemplation. Resume, in contrast, indicates a return to action or conversation, signaling an end to the pause.
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When one pauses, they temporarily disengage from an ongoing task. To resume means to re-engage in the same task or conversation after the interruption caused by the pause.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A temporary stop.
A restart after a stop.
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Duration

Short-term.
Follows a pause.
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Intention

For reflection or interruption.
To continue a previous activity.
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Usage in Speech

Often indicates hesitation.
Indicates continuation.
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In Media

Halts playback.
Restarts playback.
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Pause and Resume Definitions

Pause

Moment of uncertainty or delay.
His pause before answering was telling.
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Resume

Start once more.
Classes resume in September.
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Pause

In media, to stop playback.
I hit pause on the movie to get snacks.
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Resume

Proceed after interruption.
The meeting will resume after lunch.
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Pause

To cease or suspend an action temporarily
She paused in her piano exercises to listen for the baby.
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Resume

Begin again after a stop.
He will resume his duties tomorrow.
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Pause

To hesitate
He paused before replying.
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Resume

Return to a previous state.
Normal services will resume shortly.
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Pause

To linger; tarry
We paused for a while under the huge oak tree.
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Resume

In media, to start after a pause.
Press play to resume the video.
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Pause

To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim
Paused the printer to add more paper.
Paused the DVD with the remote.
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Resume

A brief account of one's professional or work experience and qualifications, often submitted with an employment application.
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Pause

A break, stop, or rest, often for a calculated purpose or effect
After a dramatic pause, the lawyer finished her summation.
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Resume

A summary
A résumé of the facts of the case.
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Pause

A delay or suspended reaction, as from uncertainty; a hesitation
After a pause the audience broke into cheers.
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Resume

To begin or take up again after interruption
Resumed our dinner.
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Pause

Delay or hesitation
Spoke without pause for an hour.
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Resume

To assume, take, or occupy again
The dog resumed its post by the door.
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Pause

Reason for hesitation
The immensity of the task gives one pause.
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Resume

To take on or take back again
Resumed my original name.
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Pause

(Music) A sign, such as a fermata, indicating that a note or rest is to be held.
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Resume

To begin again or continue after interruption.
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Pause

A break or rest in a line of poetry; a caesura.
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Resume

To take back possession of (something).
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Pause

A control mechanism on an audio or video player that halts the playing of a recording and permits playing to be easily resumed from the same point.
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Resume

To summarise.
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Pause

(intransitive) To take a temporary rest, take a break for a short period after an effort.
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Resume

(transitive) To start (something) again that has been stopped or paused from the point at which it was stopped or paused; continue, carry on.
We will resume this discussion tomorrow at nine.
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Pause

(intransitive) To interrupt an activity and wait.
When telling the scary story, he paused for effect.
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Resume

(intransitive) To start again after an interruption or pause.
Normal service has resumed.
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Pause

(intransitive) To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
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Resume

A summary or synopsis.
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Pause

(transitive) To halt the play or playback of, temporarily, so that it can be resumed from the same point.
To pause a song, a video, or a computer game
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Resume

A summary or account of education and employment experiences and qualifications; a curriculum vitae (often for presentation to a potential future employer when applying for a job).
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Pause

To consider; to reflect.
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Resume

A summing up; a condensed statement; an abridgment or brief recapitulation.
The exellent little résumé thereof in Dr. Landsborough's book.
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Pause

A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
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Resume

To take back.
The sun, like this, from which our sight we have,Gazed on too long, resumes the light he gave.
Perhaps God will resume the blessing he has bestowed ere he attains the age of manhood.
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Pause

A short time for relaxing and doing something else.
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Resume

To enter upon, or take up again.
Reason resumed her place, and Passion fled.
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Pause

Hesitation; suspense; doubt.
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Resume

To begin again; to recommence, as something which has been interrupted; as, to resume an argument or discourse.
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Pause

In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and nature of an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation mark.
Teach the pupil to mind the pauses.
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Resume

Short descriptive summary (of events)
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Pause

A break or paragraph in writing.
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Resume

A summary of your academic and work history
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Pause

(music) A sign indicating continuance of a note or rest.
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Resume

Take up or begin anew;
We resumed the negotiations
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Pause

Alternative spelling of Pause
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Resume

Return to a previous location or condition;
The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it
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Pause

Take pause: hesitate; give pause: cause to hesitate
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Resume

Assume anew;
Resume a title
Resume an office
Resume one's duties
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Pause

A temporary stop or rest; an intermission of action; interruption; suspension; cessation.
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Resume

Give a summary (of);
He summed up his results
I will now summarize
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Pause

Temporary inaction or waiting; hesitation; suspence; doubt.
I stand in pause where I shall first begin.
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Pause

In speaking or reading aloud, a brief arrest or suspension of voice, to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts.
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Pause

In writing and printing, a mark indicating the place and nature of an arrest of voice in reading; a punctuation point; as, teach the pupil to mind the pauses.
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Pause

A break or paragraph in writing.
He writes with warmth, which usually neglects method, and those partitions and pauses which men educated in schools observe.
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Pause

A hold. See 4th Hold, 7.
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Pause

To make a short stop; to cease for a time; to intermit speaking or acting; to stop; to wait; to rest.
Pausing a while, thus to herself she mused.
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Pause

To be intermitted; to cease; as, the music pauses.
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Pause

To hesitate; to hold back; to delay.
Why doth the Jew pause? Take thy forfeiture.
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Pause

To stop in order to consider; hence, to consider; to reflect.
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Pause

To cause to stop or rest; - used reflexively.
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Pause

A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
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Pause

Temporary inactivity
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Pause

Interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing;
The speaker paused
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Pause

Cease an action temporarily;
We pause for station identification
Let's break for lunch
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Pause

A brief stop in speech or action.
She took a pause to gather her thoughts.
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Pause

A short rest from activity.
We took a brief pause in our hike.
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Pause

A temporary cessation of sound.
A pause filled the room after the announcement.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can pause be used in writing?

Yes, pause in writing indicates a break in the narrative or dialogue.
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Is a pause always silent?

A pause is usually silent but can be filled with non-verbal cues.
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What does pause mean in conversation?

In conversation, a pause is a brief stop in speech, often for emphasis or thought.
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What does it mean to resume a TV show?

To resume a TV show means to start watching it again after having paused it.
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How is resume used in a work setting?

In a work setting, resume means to start working again after a break.
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How do you indicate a resume in conversation?

In conversation, resume is indicated by continuing where one left off.
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Can pause be used as a noun and verb?

Yes, pause can be both a noun (a break) and a verb (to stop temporarily).
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How does resume function in a job application?

In job applications, resume (résumé) refers to a summary of qualifications.
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Can pause be used in music?

In music, a pause indicates a rest or break in the rhythm.
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What does resume mean in a legal context?

In a legal context, resume means to continue court proceedings after a break.
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What is the difference between resume and restart?

Resume means to continue after a pause, while restart implies beginning anew.
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Are pauses important in public speaking?

Yes, pauses are crucial in public speaking for emphasis and audience engagement.
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Does a pause always have a set duration?

No, the duration of a pause can be indefinite and varies by context.
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Is resume always related to prior activity?

Yes, resume typically involves continuing a previously paused activity.
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Does pause imply a definite end?

No, a pause implies a temporary stop, not a definitive end.
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Can resume be used in technology?

In technology, resume refers to continuing a process after interruption.
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What impact does a pause have in drama?

In drama, a pause can build suspense or provide dramatic effect.
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Can a machine be paused and resumed?

Yes, machines can be paused and resumed, especially in digital contexts.
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Is pause always deliberate?

A pause is often deliberate but can sometimes be unintentional.
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Can resume be used without previously pausing?

Typically, resume is used when there has been a prior pause or stop.
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