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The <Pause> verb waits silently for a distinctive number of seconds.

Verb Attributes

length optionalThe number of seconds SignalWire will pause silently before moving on. Defaults to 1s of wait time if no value is provided.


No other verbs can be nested within <Pause>. However, <Pause> can be nested within a <Gather>.


A Simple Pause

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Say>Please wait one moment while I check that for you.</Say>
<Pause length="8"/>
<Say>Yes, we are open Monday through Friday.</Say>

This illustrates the wait time between two statements.

Delaying a Response

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Pause length="3"/>
<Say>Hello, how can I help you?</Say>

SignalWire waits 3 seconds before answering a call.