Definition of moment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈməʊmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊmənt//
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  1. 1  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
  2. 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. 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?
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin momentum, from movimentum, from movere ‘to move’.Extra examples A moment later, the ceiling fell in. After a moment we followed him. Afterwards she relived every moment in her head. At that very moment the phone rang. At the present moment, we do not have a choice. Could you look through this report when you have a spare moment? Could you wait a few moments? For one heart-stopping moment, we thought she was going to fall. He might wake up at any moment. He opened his mouth to say he loved her, but the moment passed. He was here just a moment ago. He’s in a bad mood today—you need to choose your moment carefully. Her finest moment came when she won Wimbledon. Her finest moment came when she won the Nobel Prize. I can only spare you a moment, I’m afraid—I’m terribly busy. I couldn’t stand it a moment longer. I didn’t want to screw up my big moment. I don’t expect to spend every waking moment at work. I don’t think this is the right moment to ask for a bonus. I dread the moment when she finds out. I felt at home here from the very moment I arrived. I loved her from the first moment I met her. I managed to capture the moment on film. I spent a few moments thinking what I was going to say. I stood there for a moment or two. I treasure the moments we spent together. I’ll be back in a moment. In the heat of the moment she forgot what she wanted to say. It was a bad time to have a senior moment. It was the proudest moment of my entire life. She let the news slip by mistake, in an unguarded moment. She paused a moment to reflect. That was a bad moment in my life. The feeling only lasted a moment. The moment had finally come to make a move. There was a moment of silence. There’s never a dull moment in this job. They were making the most of those last precious moments together. This is one of the book’s funniest moments. This won’t take a moment. Victory was sweet, and he wanted to savour every moment. We have reached a critical moment in the negotiations. Why do you leave it until the last possible moment before getting ready to leave? You need to be aware of what you are doing at any given moment. a great moment in the country’s history at the moment of death in her rare moments of leisure Could you wait a moment, please? From that moment on, she never felt really well again. I haven’t finished. I’m still waiting for a quiet moment. I’m waiting for the right moment to tell him the bad news. Moments later, I heard a terrible crash. One moment, please. We arrived not a moment too soon. We’re busy at the moment.Idioms  very soon Hurry up! He'll be back any moment now.
    at short notice, at a moment’s notice
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    not long in advance; without warning or time for preparation This was the best room we could get at such short notice. You must be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
    (informal) now, at the present time At this moment in time, I don't know what my decision will be.
      be having a moment (informal)
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    1. 1to be popular for a short time (used about something that is not usually popular) The previously unfashionable Tyrol is currently having a moment. Classic '70s hairstyles are having a moment once more.
    2. 2(of a person) to not act normally for a short time, for example when you forget where you are or what you are doing Sorry, I was just having a moment. What time is it? see also senior moment
    3. 3(of two people) to have a short argument or romantic exchange Oh, sorry—were you two having a moment?
    the evil hour/day/moment
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    (often humorous) the time when you have to do something difficult or unpleasant I’d better go and see the dentist—I can’t put off the evil hour any longer.
    for now; for a short time This house is big enough for the moment, but we'll have to move if we have children. 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.
    just a minute/moment/second
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     (informal) used to ask somebody to wait for a short time ‘Is Mr Burns available?’ ‘Just a second, please, I'll check.’
    the latest possible time before an important event They changed the plans at the last minute. Don't leave your decision to the last moment. as soon as… I want to see him the moment he arrives. The moment she walked through the door I thought she looked different. a time when somebody/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. certainly not; not at all I don't think for a moment that she'll accept but you can ask her. very important matters of great moment (of a person, a job, an issue, etc.) famous, important and talked about a lot now She's the fashion designer of the moment.
    on the spur of the moment
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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
    the psychological moment
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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.
      wait a minute/moment/second
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    1. 1  to wait for a short time Can you wait a second while I make a call?
    2. 2  used when you have just noticed or remembered something, or had a sudden idea Wait a minute—this isn't the right key.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: moment