momentarily

adverb

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

First Known Use

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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“Momentarily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/momentarily. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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momentarily

adverb
mo·​men·​tari·​ly
ˌmō-mən-ˈter-ə-lē
1
: for a moment
the pain eased momentarily
2
archaic : instantly
3
: at any moment
we expect them momentarily

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