mo·​men·​tar·​i·​ly | \ ˌmō-mən-ˈter-ə-lē How to pronounce momentarily (audio) \

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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Invest In a Concealer And when all seems momentarily lost, Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes will camouflage any mishaps into unmistakable radiance. Mia Adorante, Town & Country, "5 Expert Tips for Younger Looking Eyes," 12 Mar. 2019 Acy walked menacingly toward Drummond and the two stood nose-to-nose momentarily. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' SVG: Michigan lost to 'best team in the country'," 3 Apr. 2018 Both developments at least momentarily helped ease concerns about a recent slowdown in U.S. manufacturing growth, which analysts have largely blamed on the U.S.-China trade dispute. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Pull Back After Strong Data," 17 Jan. 2019 Late Night Barn’ from home, and was momentarily fearful that people would be tired and wouldn't see it. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Bride Designed Her Own Dress for Her Elegantly Low-Key Wedding Upstate," 30 Jan. 2018 OG Anunoby's 3-pointer inside of 10 seconds tied the game at 103, momentarily completing Toronto's comeback. Joe Vardon,, "LeBron James does it again, beats buzzer to lift Cavaliers to 105-103 win over Raptors in Game 3," 6 May 2018 Foles momentarily froze, leading defenders to ignore him. Wsj Sports Staff, WSJ, "A Philly Special. A 7-Hour World Series Game. A Memorable Tweet.," 27 Dec. 2018 Currently, his company appears momentarily content with claiming to have an edge-to-edge display, albeit with that substantial disruption at the top. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "2018 was a weird notch year — what’s next?," 18 Dec. 2018 Gone was the ranting, imposing figure much of America wakes up to on Twitter, momentarily replaced by what could pass as a conventional Republican. Globe Staff,, "Trump talks togetherness while pushing partisan agenda in State of the Union," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of momentarily

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of momentarily was in 1655

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English Language Learners Definition of momentarily

: for a short time : for a moment
US : very soon : at any moment

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