moment
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moment(
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mihnt
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (short period)
a. el momento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do you have a moment to take a short survey?¿Tiene un momento para responder una encuesta corta?
b. el instante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I saw Gaby last night but just for a moment.Vi a Gaby anoche pero solo por un instante.
2. (point in time)
a. el momento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I can't remember the moment when I took off my watch.No recuerdo el momento en que me quité el reloj.
b. el instante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I knew in that moment that Mike was the love of my life.En ese instante supe que Mike era el amor de mi vida.
3. (physics)
a. el momento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You have to get the moment of force to solve the problem.Tienen que obtener el momento de fuerza para resolver el problema.
4. (importance)
a. la importancia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The signing of the peace treaty was a matter of great moment.La firma del tratado de paz fue un asunto de suma importancia.
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moment
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (instant)
a. el momento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
a moment agohace un momento
at the momenten este momento
at the last momenten el último momento
for the momentpor el momento
in a momentenseguida
at any momenten cualquier momento
wait a moment!, one moment!¡espera un momento!
I haven't a moment to spareno tengo ni un minuto
tell him the moment he arrivesdíselo en cuanto llegue
without a moment's hesitationsin dudarlo un momento
to live for the momentvivir el presente
the man of the momentel hombre del momento
the moment of truthla hora de la verdad
he has his momentstiene sus buenos golpes
the book has its momentsel libro tiene sus (buenos) momentos
2. (importance)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
of great/little momentde mucha/poca importancia
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moment [ˈməʊmənt]
noun
1 (in time) momento (m); al rato
a moment ago hace un momento
take a moment to reflect she stared at him a moment, then turned away many people still remember the moment they heard President Kennedy was assassinated there comes a moment when ... it was a shameful moment in the history of our country
they should be arriving any moment (now) deberían llegar ahorita or de un momento a otro; (LAm)
at the moment en este momento
I'm working on a new novel at the moment
I could lose my job at any moment podría perder mi trabajo en cualquier momento
they ran the risk of being shot at any moment at the [present] moment
at this/that moment en este/ese momento; en este/ese instante; at this moment in time en este mismo momento
Big Ben is at this very moment chiming four o'clock unbeknown to him, at that very moment mutinies were erupting in the French Army at this moment in time he's giving a speech in Parliament
I shan't be a moment (on going out) vuelvo en seguida; ahorita vuelvo; (LAm) (when busy) termino en un momento; ahorita acabo; (LAm)
for the moment por el momento; por lo pronto
for the moment, however, the government is happy to live with it
he didn't hesitate for a moment no vaciló ni un momento or instante
for a moment he reminded Ned of Michael for a [brief]/[long] moment we looked at each other for a long moment, then he smiled for a brief moment she thought he was going to shoot
not for a or one moment did I believe it no me lo creí ni por un momento; I'm not saying for a moment you're wrong no digo que no tengas razón ni mucho menos; not for a moment did I think that ... en ningún momento pensaba que ...
from the moment I saw him desde el momento en que lo vi
from moment to moment al momento
demented patients forget from moment to moment
from that moment on desde entonces; desde ese or aquel momento
from that moment on we were sworn enemies
the play has its moments la obra tiene sus momentos
he's not the thoroughly outgoing character you'd predict, although he has his moments he had moments of clarity when he could talk intelligibly I may not be Pavarotti but I've had my moments [in] a moment
yes, in a moment! ¡sí en seguida!
I'll come in a moment vengo en seguida; vengo dentro de un momento; it was all over in a moment todo ocurrió en un instante; in moments, I was asleep en seguida me quedé dormido
in a moment he was gone
just a moment! ¡un momento!
wait a moment - I'll get it for you one moment, please - I'll put you through just a moment, while I finish this objecting to sth just a moment! I haven't had my say yet
I've just this moment heard acabo de enterarme
at the last moment a última hora; en el último momento
to leave things until the last moment dejar las cosas hasta última hora; dejarlo todo para lo último
they changed their minds at the last moment and refused to go
a moment later un momento después
the next moment he collapsed al instante se desplomó
he was weeping one moment, laughing the next tan pronto lloraba como se reía
it's something you can do in odd moments of spare time in one of his odd moments of free time trust to luck that you can squeeze a job into odd moments he spends any odd moments he has doing crossword puzzles [at] odd moments your best ideas may occur to you at odd moments during the day or night at odd moments he really began to believe he might escape at odd moments during walks or while watching television, Iwas hit by the sensation of being Roman
the man of the moment el hombre del momento
it's his favourite word of the moment the excitement of the moment swept us all along
one moment! ¡un momento!
the [right]/[wrong] moment
I was waiting for the right moment to tell him estaba esperando el momento adecuado or oportuno para decírselo
it was the wrong moment to start talking about holidays
it won't take a moment no tardará ni un momento; es cosa de un momento
tell me the moment he arrives avísame en cuanto llegue
the moment of truth la hora de la verdad
both men knew the moment of truth had arrived
I did it in a moment of weakness lo hice en un momento de debilidad
note See culture box in entry soon.
2 (Fís) momento (m)
moment of inertia momento (m) de inercia
3 (importance) importancia (f)
matters of moment every matter of real moment is delayed from 24 hours to 24 weeks
of great/little moment de gran/poca importancia
this distinction would be of little moment to an environmentalist
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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