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momentarily Line breaks: mo¦ment|ar¦ily
Pronunciation: /ˈməʊm(ə)nt(ə)rɪli/

Definition of momentarily in English:


1For a very short time: as he passed Jenny’s door, he paused momentarily
More example sentences
  • He said Mitchell paused only momentarily before crossing the central reservation.
  • I was getting ready to go call a cab, and paused momentarily to gaze at Gavin.
  • Jane paused momentarily, caught up in shock at both her own mistake and at Mr. Collins's harsh reaction.
briefly, temporarily, fleetingly, for a moment, for a second, for an instant, for a minute, for a little while
2North American At any moment; very soon: my husband will be here to pick me up momentarily
(very) soon, 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 (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long
British informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo
North American informal in a snap
archaic or , informal anon
archaic ere long
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