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noun [countable]     moment pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a very short period of time

    “I see your problem,” said George after a moment’s reflection.

    He paused for a few moments before giving his answer.

    brief moment:

    For a brief moment their eyes met.

    spare moment (=when you are not busy):

    He studied in every spare moment he could find.

    for a few moments:

    They fell silent for a few moments as they drank their coffee.

    for a moment:

    He leaned against me for a moment and sobbed.

    a moment longer:

    She looked back at him a moment longer, then smiled.

  2. 2
    a particular point in time when something happens

    Jane began to speak, but at the same moment Helen appeared.

    If only he had not chosen that moment to walk into the room.

    very/precise/exact moment:

    At that precise moment there was a knock on the door.

    until that moment:

    Ellie had never really given it much thought until that moment.

    1. a.
      a point in time when something important, special, or unusual happens
      moment of:

      This is the proudest moment of my career.

      a very poignant moment in literary history

      moment of triumph/glory:

      In her mind she replayed her moment of triumph.

  3. 3
    [usually singular] a short period of time when you have the opportunity to do something
    the right moment:

    This is surely the right moment to make amends.

    seize the moment:

    I saw he was alone and seized the moment.

    big moment (=a chance to show how good you are at something):

    As he stood up, James knew his big moment had arrived.

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