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1For a very short time:‘as he passed Jenny's door, he paused momentarily’
briefly, temporarily, fleetingly, for a moment, for a second, for an instant, for a minute, for a little whileView synonyms
- ‘They momentarily suspend the action and draw attention to the writing process behind the story.’
- ‘But the full back momentarily lost his concentration and didn't seize the loose ball.’
- ‘His words hit me like blow to the stomach, and I was momentarily speechless.’
- ‘What I actually saw left me momentarily confused, unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality.’
- ‘She was reversing out of the drive and left the car momentarily, possibly to close the garage, when the thieves struck.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Quicky I grabbed the bag and held it tight hoping to momentarily fill my void.’
- ‘It meant that my chores were momentarily forgotten and I was free to roam about with my friends.’
- ‘Jane paused momentarily, caught up in shock at both her own mistake and at Mr. Collins's harsh reaction.’
- ‘He paused there momentarily, wondering if he should just say it and get it over with.’
- ‘I was momentarily distracted by the latest item of spam in my inbox.’
- ‘Nevertheless, I was momentarily taken aback by this packaging revelation.’
- ‘The other activities going on behind the desk stopped momentarily and the staff glanced at one another in quiet suspicion.’
- ‘He said Mitchell paused only momentarily before crossing the central reservation.’
- ‘Under the early afternoon sun, she closed her eyes momentarily in a vain attempt to contain her anguish.’
- ‘It started on Friday mid-morning and stopped momentarily for an hour or two after midnight.’
- ‘The teenager then tried to run outside but had his way momentarily blocked by the bank's automatic doors.’
- ‘I was getting ready to go call a cab, and paused momentarily to gaze at Gavin.’
- ‘Let's just hope we've only momentarily lost sight of what really is.’
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 longView synonyms
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