mo·men·tar·i·ly | \ ˌmō-mən-ˈter-ə-lē \

Definition of momentarily 

1 : for a moment

2 archaic : instantly

3 : at any moment : in a moment

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Examples of momentarily in a Sentence

The wind let up momentarily, allowing us to start a campfire. He paused momentarily before finishing his speech. We expect them to arrive momentarily.
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The first was earlier this year when accounts of airline passengers and their onboard therapy animals were grabbing headlines momentarily. Eric Scott,, "Column: Office sleep pods are here, but is dozing off at work really a thing?," 11 July 2018 Ed Carpenter momentarily lost control of his car and nicked Takuma Sato as his No. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar: Late race confusion has Robert Wickens, SPM team manager irate," 8 July 2018 Initially, staff members weren’t alarmed, because parents sometimes take smoke breaks or wander off momentarily, Garrett said. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Police arrest woman in connection with boy abandoned at L.A.'s Union Station," 6 July 2018 That court became a safe haven, a place to feel normal again, if only momentarily. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Volleyball player finds light in darkness on court after deadly crash," 1 July 2018 Squires landed his bunker shot short of the hole but the ball crept slowly to a ridge behind the hole, stopped momentarily, then rolled down 15 feet away. James Weber,, "Mariemont grad Will Grimmer continues hot summer with Met golf championship," 1 July 2018 Meanwhile, investors momentarily put aside their brewing trade concerns a day after the Trump administration threatened tariffs on an additional $200 billion of products from China, including bicycles, refrigerators and pocketbooks. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Regain Ground After Losses," 12 July 2018 The world can be a difficult place sometimes, but then Zac Efron and his equally attractive younger brother Dylan pose with baby goats and things are momentarily okay. Amy Jamieson,, "It's in the Genes: Celebs with Hot Siblings," 27 June 2018 Sellers says Patton tossed a gun out the window before stopping momentarily, which allowed Miller to let go. Fox News, "State trooper dragged at high speed after traffic stop," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of momentarily

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of momentarily

: for a short time : for a moment

: very soon : at any moment

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