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"moment" in British English

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momentnoun

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

A2 [C] a very short period of time: Can you wait a moment? I'll be ready in just a moment. A car drew up outside and a few moments later the doorbell rang. 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 particular time or occasion: When would be the best moment to tell the family? Don't leave it to/till the last moment (= the latest time possible). If you want a private conversation with her you'll have to choose your moment (= find a suitable time). 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 short period of time: Hold still for a moment while I tie your shoe. I’ll be ready in just a moment.
  • moment noun [C] (OCCASION)

a particular time or occasion: I’m waiting for the right moment to tell her the good news. Just at that moment, the phone rang. Are you staying with your mother at the moment (= now)?
A moment is also a special time or opportunity: You know that when that curtain goes up, it’s going to be your big 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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