I've paused in the writing here because I think I'm getting this wrong.
He paused only long enough to let the guests ponder their own accomplishments.
He paused for what seemed like a minute, but was probably only three seconds.
early 15c., from Old French pausee "a pause, interruption" (14c.) and directly from Latin pausa "a halt, stop, cessation," from Greek pausis "stopping, ceasing," from pauein "to stop, to cause to cease," from PIE root *paus- "to leave, desert, cease, stop."
mid-15c., from pause (n.) and from Middle French pauser, from Late Latin pausare "to halt, cease, pause." Related: Paused; pausing.
A temporary stop or cessation.