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noun moment pronunciation in British English /ˈməʊmənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] 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.

    (up) until that moment:

    Ellie had never really given it much thought up 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.

  2. 2
    [countable] a very short period of time

    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.

  3. 3
    [countable] [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.

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

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

    seize the moment:

    I saw he was alone and seized the moment.

  4. 4
    [singular/uncountable] physics the tendency of a force to cause a load to move. It is measured by multiplying the force by the distance from the fulcrum.


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