Definition of momentarily in English:


Pronunciation: /ˌməʊm(ə)nˈtɛrɪli//ˈməʊm(ə)nt(ə)rɪli/


  • 1For a very short time.

    ‘as he passed Jenny's door, he paused momentarily’
    • ‘Under the early afternoon sun, she closed her eyes momentarily in a vain attempt to contain her anguish.’
    • ‘Quicky I grabbed the bag and held it tight hoping to momentarily fill my void.’
    • ‘They momentarily suspend the action and draw attention to the writing process behind the story.’
    • ‘What I actually saw left me momentarily confused, unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality.’
    • ‘I was momentarily distracted by the latest item of spam in my inbox.’
    • ‘His words hit me like blow to the stomach, and I was momentarily speechless.’
    • ‘A tall, strong, handsome woman, she looks momentarily lost and vulnerable.’
    • ‘And I may have momentarily gone onto two wheels at a couple of roundabouts.’
    • ‘Jane paused momentarily, caught up in shock at both her own mistake and at Mr. Collins's harsh reaction.’
    • ‘It meant that my chores were momentarily forgotten and I was free to roam about with my friends.’
    • ‘He said Mitchell paused only momentarily before crossing the central reservation.’
    • ‘Let's just hope we've only momentarily lost sight of what really is.’
    • ‘She was reversing out of the drive and left the car momentarily, possibly to close the garage, when the thieves struck.’
    • ‘The teenager then tried to run outside but had his way momentarily blocked by the bank's automatic doors.’
    • ‘It started on Friday mid-morning and stopped momentarily for an hour or two after midnight.’
    • ‘I was getting ready to go call a cab, and paused momentarily to gaze at Gavin.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, I was momentarily taken aback by this packaging revelation.’
    • ‘He paused there momentarily, wondering if he should just say it and get it over with.’
    • ‘But the full back momentarily lost his concentration and didn't seize the loose ball.’
    • ‘The other activities going on behind the desk stopped momentarily and the staff glanced at one another in quiet suspicion.’
    briefly, temporarily, fleetingly, for a moment, for a second, for an instant, for a minute, for a little while
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  • 2North American At any moment; very soon.

    ‘my husband will be here to pick me up momentarily’
    in a minute, in a second, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long
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