momentarily

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adverb 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

Examples of momentarily in a Sentence

  1. The wind let up momentarily, allowing us to start a campfire.

  2. He paused momentarily before finishing his speech.

  3. We expect them to arrive momentarily.

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First Known Use of momentarily

1655


MOMENTARILY Defined for English Language Learners

momentarily

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adverb

Definition of momentarily for English Language Learners

  • : for a short time : for a moment

  • : very soon : at any moment



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