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

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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First Known Use of momentarily

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Momentarily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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