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momentarily

[moh-muh n-tair-uh-lee, moh-muh n-ter-] /ˌmoʊ mənˈtɛər ə li, ˈmoʊ mənˌtɛr-/
adverb
1.
for a moment; briefly:
to pause momentarily.
2.
at any moment; imminently:
expected to occur momentarily.
3.
Origin of momentarily
1645-1655
First recorded in 1645-55; momentary + -ly
Can be confused
currently, immediately, momentarily, now, presently, soon (see synonym study at immediately; see usage note at presently)
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  • He had discovered years before that he was sometimes able thus to puzzle her momentarily.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "He wants to build," answered Hattie, momentarily encouraged.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Calendar's moon-like visage was momentarily divested of any trace of color.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Moist flesh if it chanced to touch iron froze to it momentarily.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • Phee-e-al, too, had been only momentarily stunned—he was springing.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
British Dictionary definitions for momentarily

momentarily

/ˈməʊməntərəlɪ; -trɪlɪ/
adverb
1.
for an instant; temporarily
2.
from moment to moment; every instant
3.
(US & Canadian) very soon
Also (for senses 1, 2) momently (ˈməʊməntlɪ)
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Word Origin and History for momentarily
adv.

1650s, "for a moment," from momentary + -ly (2). Meaning "at any moment" is from 1928.

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