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[moh-muh n-tair-uh-lee, moh-muh n-ter-] /ˌmoʊ mənˈtɛər ə li, ˈmoʊ mənˌtɛr-/
for a moment; briefly:
to pause momentarily.
at any moment; imminently:
expected to occur momentarily.
Origin of momentarily
1645-55; momentary + -ly
Can be confused
currently, immediately, momentarily, now, presently, soon (see synonym study at immediately; see usage note at presently) Unabridged
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  • By momentarily obstructing your vision, your brain is forced to project where the ball will be.
  • The officer can then wave you through or hold you momentarily for questioning.
  • Individual experiences momentarily coalesce, investing that moment with the potential to explore the human condition.
  • As the brainstorming ideas are hypothesized as years down the road, the pressure is momentarily off.
  • When a gravity wave comes by it actually shrinks space momentarily and expands it.
  • We were momentarily transported back to the stadium.
  • Then there is a discharge in the cloud, and the field collapses momentarily, and the crystals begin to realign again.
  • It's about how it changes you-momentarily or forever.
  • The volume on songs decreases momentarily, then gets pumped up again after you've gotten your feedback.
  • Without a visible walkway, visitors might be momentarily confused about how to proceed.
British Dictionary definitions for momentarily


/ˈməʊməntərəlɪ; -trɪlɪ/
for an instant; temporarily
from moment to moment; every instant
(US & Canadian) very soon
Also (for senses 1, 2) momently (ˈməʊməntlɪ)
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Word Origin and History for momentarily

1650s, "for a moment," from momentary + -ly (2). Meaning "at any moment" is from 1928.

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