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TOEFL BNC: 361 COCA: 369


moment /ˈmoʊmənt/ noun
plural moments
plural moments
Learner's definition of MOMENT
[count] : a very short period of time片刻;瞬间
[count] : a particular time : a precise point in time某刻;某一确切时刻
[noncount] : the present time现在;目前
◊ Something that is true for the moment is true now but might not be true for long.目前;暂时
◊ Someone or something that is of the moment is very popular at a particular time.(某一时刻)流行的,盛行的,当红的
[count] : a time of importance or success重要时刻;成功时刻

any moment

◊ If something could happen (at) any moment (now), it could happen very soon.很快;随时

at/on a moment's notice

see 1notice

from moment to moment

or from one moment to the next or moment by moment
: very quickly as time passes很快地;时刻地

hold/hang on a moment

informal or wait/just a moment
used to tell someone to wait or to stop for a brief time稍等;等一下

moment of truth

: the time when you have to do or decide something(做决定或采取行动的)关键时刻

not for a/one moment

: at no time : not at all从未;一点也不

of moment

: having importance重要的

on the spur of the moment

see 1spur

the last moment

: the latest possible time : the last minute最后一刻

the moment

: as soon as…就…

within moments

: very quickly : within a very short amount of time很快地;迅速地
TOEFL BNC: 361 COCA: 369



mo·​ment ˈmō-mənt How to pronounce moment (audio)
: a minute portion or point of time : instant
a moment of dreadful suspense Graham Greene
: a comparatively brief period of time
moments of solitude
: present time
at the moment she is at work on her fourth novel Holiday
: a time of excellence or conspicuousness
there's … some deliciously funny moments, but most of it is numbingly subtle Jess Cagle
: importance in influence or effect
decisions of moment must be made by our government L. H. Evans
obsolete : a cause or motive of action
: a stage in historical or logical development
a document of one moment in the history of thought and sensibility in the nineteenth century T. S. Eliot
: tendency or measure of tendency to produce motion especially about a point or axis
: the product of quantity (such as a force) and the distance to a particular axis or point
: the mean (see mean entry 4 sense 1b) of the nth powers of the deviations (see deviation sense b) of the observed values in a set of statistical data from a fixed value
: the expected value of a power of the deviation (see deviation sense b) of a random variable from a fixed value


Choose the Right Synonym for moment

importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance.

importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone.

a region with no cities of importance

consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects.

the style you choose is of little consequence

moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence.

a decision of great moment

weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something.

the argument carried no weight with the judge

significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized.

the treaty's significance

Example Sentences

The sun was shining. Moments later, it began to rain. It was a moment before she realized what had happened. She stopped for a moment and peeked into the window. It should only take a moment to fix the problem. I'm very busy and I don't have a moment to spare. One moment it was sunny; the next it was pouring rain. The moment for us to act has arrived. War seemed unavoidable at that moment in history. She knew exactly the right moment to ask for a raise. We had an exciting vacation. There was never a dull moment. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this: On Monday (Sept. 19), Kelly Clarkson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 19 Sep. 2022 In Windsor, rain began to fall as the crowd fell silent for the moment of reflection. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2022 Now people were laughing, comfortable for a moment. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2022 In Windsor, rain began to fall as the crowd fell silent for the moment of reflection. Mike Corder, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2022 In Windsor, rain began to fall as the crowd fell silent for the moment of reflection. Danica Kirka, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 Allamby focused on survival and, for the moment, put his big childhood dream on the back burner. Fox News, 19 Sep. 2022 For the moment, the 49ers have a young quarterback whose bone is broken, and a coach being questioned for his play calling. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Sep. 2022 For those who’ve been around for a lot of both, especially in October, there can only be love for the moment. Tim Brown, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin momentum movement, particle sufficient to turn the scales, moment, from movēre to move

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of moment was in the 14th century
TOEFL BNC: 361 COCA: 369


ADJECTIVE | VERB + MOMENT | MOMENT + VERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEbrief, fleeting, passing片刻;瞬間;剎那long好一會兒precious, rare寶貴的/難得的時刻They were making the most of those last precious moments together.他們充分利用最後在一起的寶貴時光。intimate, quiet親密的/安靜的時刻anxious, awful, awkward, embarrassing, heart-stopping, tense, terrifying焦急的/可怕的/尷尬的/難堪的/令人心悸的/緊張的/恐怖的時刻For one heart-stopping moment, we thought she was going to fall.有那麼一刻我們的心臟幾乎停止了跳動,以為她要摔倒了。bad, difficult糟糕的時期;困難的時候That was a bad moment in my life.那是我人生中頗為糟糕的時期。odd, spare閒暇;空閒的時候Could you look through this report when you have a spare moment?有空的時候你看看這個報告好嗎?exact, particular, precise, very正是那一時刻I felt at home here from the very moment I arrived.從我到這兒的那一刻起我就有回到家的感覺。good, opportune, perfect, right好時機;適當的時機;絕好的時機;合適的時機I don't think this is the right moment to ask for a bonus.我覺得這不是提出獎金要求的合適時機。inopportune, wrong不當的/錯誤的時機big, critical, crucial, decisive, defining, important, key, pivotal, seminal, watershed重大時刻;關鍵時刻;緊要關頭;決定性時刻;重要時刻;有開創意義的時刻;轉折時刻I didn't want to screw up my big moment.我不想把我的重要時刻搞砸了。We have reached a critical moment in the negotiations.我們到了談判的關鍵時刻。historic, historical歷史性時刻climactic, dramatic高潮/激動人心的時刻blissful, glorious, magic, magical, marvellous/marvelous, memorable, unforgettable, wonderful幸福的時刻;輝煌的時刻;神奇的時刻;奇妙的時刻;難忘的時刻;美妙的時刻emotional, poignant, tender, touching動情的/辛酸的/溫柔的/動人的時刻funny, humorous好玩的/幽默的瞬間This is one of the book's funniest moments.這是全書最可笑的片段之一。crowning, finest, great, happiest, proudest, shining (especially NAmE) 最偉大的/最輝煌的/極重要的/最幸福的/最自豪的/閃亮的時刻Her finest moment came when she won the Nobel Prize.獲得諾貝爾獎是她最輝煌的時刻。unguarded不留神的時候She let the news slip in an unguarded moment.她一不留神泄露了消息。senior (humorous) (= a forgetful occasion) 老年失憶瞬間It was a bad time to have a senior moment.老年糊塗可真是糟糕。final, last最後時刻Why do you leave it until the last possible moment before getting ready?你為什麼非得等到準備就緒前的最後一刻呢?VERB + MOMENTlast, take持續一會兒;花費片刻工夫The feeling only lasted a moment.這種感覺只持續了一會兒。This won't take a moment.這花不了多少時間。hesitate (for), pause (for), wait (for)猶豫/停頓/等待片刻She paused a moment to reflect.她停頓片刻進行反思。spend花片刻工夫I spent a few moments thinking what I was going to say.我花了些時間想了想自己要說什麼。give sb, spare (sb)給某人片刻;(為某人)抽出片刻I can only spare you a moment, I'm afraid.我恐怕只能給你抽出一點兒時間。enjoy, relish, savour/savor享受⋯時刻;品味⋯時刻Victory was sweet, and she relished every moment.勝利的感覺是甜蜜的,她細細品味着每一個瞬間。cherish, treasure珍視⋯時刻I treasure the moments we spent together.我很珍視我們一起度過的那些時刻。recall, relive, remember回憶/回味/記得⋯時刻Afterwards she relived every moment in her head.後來她在腦中回味了每個瞬間。dread害怕⋯時刻I dread the moment when she finds out.我害怕她發現真相的那一刻。choose, pick, seize選擇/挑選/抓住時機He's in a bad mood today-you need to choose your moment carefully.他今天情緒不佳,你要見機行事。capture捕捉某一刻I managed to capture the moment on film.我把那一刻拍了下來。MOMENT + VERBarrive, come, occur時刻到來The moment had finally come to make a move.行動的時刻終於到來了。pass時機過去He opened his mouth to say he loved her, but the moment passed.他開口想說愛她,但時機稍縱即逝。PREPOSITIONafter a/the moment片刻之後After a moment we followed him.片刻之後,我們跟在了他後面。at a/the moment在⋯時刻At that very moment the phone rang.就在那時,電話鈴響了。He might wake up at any moment.他隨時都可能醒過來。for a/the moment片刻;一會兒She paused for a moment.她停頓了片刻。from a/the moment從⋯時刻起I loved her from the first moment I met her.我對她一見鍾情。in a/the moment立即;在⋯時刻I'll be back in a moment.我馬上就回來。in her rare moments of leisure在她難得空閒的時候moment in在⋯上的時刻a great moment in the country's history該國歷史上的一個重要時刻moment of⋯的時刻at the moment of death在死亡的那一刻It was the proudest moment of my entire life.這是我一生最驕傲的時刻。There was a moment of silence.出現了片刻的沉默。PHRASESat a given moment, at any given moment在某一特定的/在任何特定的時刻You need to be aware of what you are doing at any given moment.你要時刻清楚自己在幹些什麼。every waking moment醒着的每一時刻I don't expect to spend every waking moment at work.我不希望把醒着的每一時刻都用來工作。a few moments一會兒Could you wait a few moments?你等一會兒好嗎?in the heat of the moment情緒激動之時In the heat of the moment she forgot what she wanted to say.她因為一時激動而忘記了自己想說什麼。a moment ago剛才He was here just a moment ago.他剛才還在這兒。a moment later過了一會兒A moment later, the ceiling fell in.過了一會兒,天花板就塌下來了。a moment longer, a moment more再多片刻I couldn't stand it a moment longer.我一刻也不能再忍受了。a moment or two一會兒工夫I stood there for a moment or two.我在那兒站了一會兒。never a dull moment從未感到乏味;總是豐富多彩There's never a dull moment in this job.這工作從不讓人感到乏味。not a moment too soon幾乎來不及the present moment此時此刻At the present moment, we do not have a choice.此時此刻,我們沒有選擇。

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