brief

brief
brief1 W2S2 [bri:f] adj
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin brevis]
1.) continuing for a short time
We stopped by Alice's house for a brief visit.
Let's keep this conversation brief; I have a plane to catch.
a brief period/moment/spell etc
Greene spent a brief time at Cambridge.
2.) using very few words or including few details
The President read a brief statement to reporters before boarding his plane.
a brief description of the film
3.) be brief
to say or write something using only a few words, especially because there is little time
I'll be brief; a lot of changes are going to happen.
4.) clothes which are brief are short and cover only a small area of your body
a very brief bikini
brief 2
brief2 n
1.) [usually singular]
official instructions that explain what someone's job is, what their duties are etc
The architect's brief is to design an extension that is modern but blends with the rest of the building.
2.) law a short spoken or written statement giving facts about a law case
The ACLU filed a brief (=gave one to the court) opposing the decision.
3.) BrE law a law case that a lawyer will argue in a court
4.) a short report about something
5.) in brief
a) in as few words as possible
We should, in brief, invest heavily in digital systems.
b) without any details
Here again are today's headlines in brief.
6.) briefs [plural]
men's or women's underwear worn on the lower part of the body
brief 3
brief3 v [T]
to give someone all the information about a situation that they will need
brief sb on sth
The president has been fully briefed on the current situation in Haiti.
→↑debrief

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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