- 1a 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.
- 2[singular] 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.
- 3[countable] a particular occasion; a time for doing something 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? see also senior moment Idioms
- 1to wait for a short time Can you wait a second while I make a call?
- 2used when you have just noticed or remembered something, or had a sudden idea Wait a minute — this isn't the right key.
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very soon Hurry up! He'll be back any moment now.
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now, at the present time At this moment in time, I don't know what my decision will be.
at this moment in time (informal)jump to other results
for now; for a short time This house is big enough for the moment, but we'll have to move if we have children.
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to have short times that are better, more interesting, etc. than others The job isn't exciting all the time, but it has its moments. I found the play rather boring, but it had its moments.
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used to ask someone to wait for a short time “Is Mr. Burns available?” “Just a second, please, I'll check.”
just a minute/moment/second (informal)jump to other results
the latest possible time before an important event They changed their plans at the last minute. Don't leave your decision to the last moment.
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as soon as… I want to see him the moment he arrives. The moment she walked through the door I thought she looked different.
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a time when someone or something is tested, or when important decisions are made The moment of truth is when the trainee pilots take over the controls of the plane.
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certainly not; not at all I don't think for a moment that she'll accept, but you can ask her.
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very important matters of great moment
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(of a person, a job, an issue, etc.) famous, important, and talked about a lot now She's the fashion designer of the moment.
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not long in advance; without warning or time for preparation This was the best room we could get on such short notice. You must be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
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suddenly, without planning in advance I phoned him up on the spur of the moment. a spur-of-the-moment decision
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the best time to do something in order for it to be successful The trick is in finding the (right) psychological moment to ask him for more money.
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