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Definition: an interruption in activity or time

Synonyms: interruption, pause, gap, break, discontinuity

Antonyms: continuity

Tips: You have most likely hear the term, "I'm on hiatus," meaning "I'm on a break...from school, work, etc." Hiatus has several specialized meanings. In medicine, it can refer to an opening in the body. In linguistics, it can refer to a break or change in pronunciation, when two vowels are side-by-side in a word, in consecutive syllables. In business, use hiatus as a more sophisticated way of saying "taking a break" from something.

Usage Examples:

The woman took a brief hiatus from teaching, while on maternity leave. (break, pause)

There was a three-week hiatus in the filming of the movie, when one of its stars broke her arm. (break, interruption)

After he graduated from college, he took a 3-month hiatus from responsibility and traveled across Europe. (break, interruption)

The company expects to resume production of their flagship product again, after a two-month hiatus. (break, pause)

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