moment Definition

  • 1a very brief period of time
  • 2an exact point in time
  • 3importance or significance

Using moment: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "moment" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'll be back in a moment.

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    The moment we met, I knew we were meant to be together.

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    This is a momentous occasion for our company.

  • Example

    She seized the moment and made a life-changing decision.

moment Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using moment

  • enjoy life to the fullest, without worrying about the future


    He's always been one to live for the moment, never worrying too much about what might happen tomorrow.

  • an opportunity to learn something valuable


    When the child asked where rain comes from, it was a teachable moment for the teacher to explain the water cycle.

  • a lapse in memory or judgement, often associated with aging


    I can't remember where I put my keys - I must be having a senior moment!

Phrases with moment

  • currently, at present


    At the moment, I'm not sure what my plans are for the weekend.

  • very soon, in a short while


    I'll be with you in a moment, I just need to finish this email.

  • the point in time when the outcome of a situation is determined


    The moment of truth had arrived - it was time to see if all their hard work had paid off.

Origins of moment

from Latin 'momentum', meaning 'movement, motion, importance'


Summary: moment in Brief

The term 'moment' [ˈmoʊmənt] refers to a very brief period of time, an exact point in time, or importance or significance. It can be used to describe a short amount of time, such as 'I'll be back in a moment,' or a significant event, like 'This is a momentous occasion for our company.' Common phrases include 'at the moment' and 'in a moment,' and idioms like 'live for the moment' and 'a teachable moment.'

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