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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.
/ˈməʊməntərəlɪ; -trɪlɪ/
for an instant; temporarily
from moment to moment; every instant
(US & Canadian) very soon

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


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