1 a very short period of timeCould 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 moment2 [singular] an exact point in timeWe'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.3 [countable] a particular occasion; a time for doing somethingI'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)
very soonHurry up! He'll be back any moment now.
at this moment in time(informal) now, at the present timeAt this moment in time, I don't know what my decision will be.
for the moment/present
for now; for a short timeThis house is big enough for the moment, but we'll have to move if we have children.
have its/your moments
to have short times that are better, more interesting, etc. than othersThe job isn't exciting all the time, but it has its moments.I found the play rather boring, but it had its moments.
the moment of truth
a time when somebody/something is tested, or when important decisions are madeThe moment of truth is when the trainee pilots take over the controls of the plane.
the moment (that)…
as soon as…I want to see him the moment he arrives.The moment she walked through the door I thought she looked different.
not for a/one moment
certainly not; not at allI don't think for a moment that she'll accept but you can ask her.
very importantmatters of great moment
more at the evil hour/day/moment at evil, just a minute/moment/second at just adverb, the last minute/moment at last det.
of the moment(of a person, a job, an issue, etc.) famous, important and talked about a lot nowShe's the fashion designer of the moment.
Idiomssee at a moment's notice at notice n., the psychological moment at psychological, on the spur of the moment at spur n., wait a minute/moment/second at wait v.