Meaning of MOMENT in English


/ ˈməʊmənt; NAmE ˈmoʊ-/ noun


a very short period of time :

Could you wait a moment , please?

One moment, please (= Please wait a short time) .

He thought for a moment before replying.

I'll be back in a moment .

We arrived not a moment too soon (= almost too late) .

Moments later (= a very short time later) , I heard a terrible crash.

—see also senior moment


[ sing. ] an exact point in time :

We're busy at the moment (= now) .

I agreed in a moment of weakness.

At that very moment , the phone rang.

From that moment on , she never felt really well again.


[ C ] a particular occasion; a time for doing sth :

I'm waiting for the right moment to tell him the bad news.

That was one of the happiest moments of my life.

Have I caught you at a bad moment?


- (at) any moment (now)

- at this moment in time

- for the moment / present

- have its / your moments

- the moment of truth

- the moment (that) ...

- not for a / one moment

- of moment

- of the moment

—more at just adverb , last determiner , notice noun , psychological , spur noun , wait verb



late Middle English : from Latin momentum , from movimentum , from movere to move.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.