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Meaning of “moment” in the English Dictionary

"moment" in British English

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momentnoun

uk   /ˈməʊ.mənt/  us   /ˈmoʊ-/
  • moment noun (SHORT TIME)

A2 [C] a very ​shortperiod of ​time: Can you ​wait a moment? I'll be ​ready in just a moment. A ​cardrew up ​outside and a few moments ​later the ​doorbellrang. I'm ​expecting her to come at any moment (= very ​soon). Have you got a moment (= are you ​busy or do you have ​time to ​speak to me)?

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  • moment noun (OCCASION)

B1 [C] a ​particulartime or ​occasion: When would be thebest moment to ​tell the ​family? Don't ​leave it to/till the last moment (= the ​latesttimepossible). If you ​want a ​privateconversation with her you'll have to chooseyour moment (= ​find a ​suitabletime). The moment (that) (= as ​soon as) I get the ​money I'll ​send the ​ticket.at the moment A2 now: Sorry, she's not here at the moment.for the moment B2 If you do something for the moment, you are doing it now, but might do something different in the ​future: Let's ​keep doing what we ​agreed for the moment.at this moment in time formal now: I can give no ​information at this ​precise moment in ​time.

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(Definition of moment from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"moment" in American English

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momentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmoʊ·mənt/
  • moment noun [C] (SHORT TIME)

a very ​shortperiod of ​time: Hold still for a moment while I ​tieyourshoe. I’ll be ​ready in just a moment.
  • moment noun [C] (OCCASION)

a ​particulartime or ​occasion: I’m ​waiting for the ​right moment to ​tell her the good ​news. Just at that moment, the ​phonerang. Are you ​staying with ​yourmother at the moment (= now)? A moment is also a ​specialtime or ​opportunity: You ​know that when that ​curtain goes up, it’s going to be ​yourbig moment.
momentary
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈmoʊ·mənˌter·i/
There was a momentary ​lull in the ​conversation.
(Definition of moment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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