How to use
point in time
a particular point in time
It was one of the most exciting moments in his life.
at this/that moment
used for emphasis
Just at that moment there was a knock on the door.
She may be in trouble
at this very moment
and trying to call you.
the moment when
I first saw him after the operation.
Quinn always seems to be in the right place at the crucial moment.
just this moment
only a very short time ago
arrived and already Dan wants to know when I'm leaving.
At this moment in time
it would be inappropriate to comment on the situation.
From that moment on
after that time
we were the best of friends.
Do not say
in that moment
when you mean 'at that particular time'. Say
at that moment:
At that moment, everything stopped.
a very short period of time
He was here
a moment ago
Can you spare
a few moments
to answer some questions?
in a moment
I'll come back to that point in a moment.
for a moment
It was quiet for a moment, then Rae spoke.
after a moment
'I don't understand,' said Louise after a moment.
A moment later we heard a splash.
wait/just a moment
used when you want someone to wait a short time while you do or say something
Just a moment; let me put these away first.
We have to be ready to leave
at a moment's notice
at the moment
Julia's on holiday in Spain at the moment.
At the moment, the situation in Haiti is very tense.
for the moment
used to say that something is happening or is true now but will probably change in the future
Well, for the moment we're just friends.
For the moment the rain had stopped.
the moment (that) somebody does something
as soon as someone does something
He said he'd phone you the moment he got home.
the last moment
if you do something at the last moment or if something happens at the last moment, it happens at the last possible time
at the last moment
The operation was cancelled at the last moment.
to the last moment
(at) any moment
The plumber should be here
any moment now
The roof could collapse at any moment.
a particular time when you have a chance to do something
His wife Denise was there to share his
opportunity to do something great
choose/pick your moment
try to choose the best time to do something
He picked his moment carefully to tell them the news.
This was her moment and she knew she had to take it.
moment of madness/weakness/panic etc
a short period of time when you do not feel or behave as normal and often do or say something which you later wish you had not done or said
in a moment of something
In a moment of madness I agreed to go with him.
He experienced a brief moment of panic.
one moment ... the next/from one moment to the next
used to say that a situation changes very suddenly, often in a way which you do not expect or cannot explain
One moment she's kissing me, the next she doesn't want to see me again.
You never know what's going to happen from one moment to the next.
not believe/think/do something for a/one moment
used to say that you did not believe, expect etc something at all
He didn't fool me for a moment.
She had never for one moment imagined that it could happen to her.
of the moment
the person, idea, word etc of the moment is the one that is most important or popular at the present time
They interview personalities on a topic of the moment.
the mood of the moment
have its/your moments
to have periods of being good or interesting
a movie that had its moments
not a moment too soon
almost too late
The ambulance finally arrived, and not a moment too soon.
the moment of truth
the time when you will find out if something will work properly, be successful etc
of great moment
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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