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“moment” in English

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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


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.
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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