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brief

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adjective \ˈbrēf\

Simple Definition of brief

  • : lasting only a short period of time

  • : using only a few words

  • of clothing : covering less of the body than is usual

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brief

  1. 1 :  short in duration, extent, or length

  2. 2 a :  concise b :  curt, abrupt

briefness noun

Examples of brief in a sentence

  1. The meeting will be brief.

  2. The essay is brief but thorough enough.

  3. a few brief words of caution



Origin of brief

Middle English bref, breve, from Anglo-French bref, brief, from Latin brevis; akin to Old High German murg short, Greek brachys


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with brief


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brief

noun

Simple Definition of brief

  • : a brief statement or report

  • law : a document that states the facts a lawyer plans to use in a court case

  • : instructions that explain what a person is supposed to do

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brief

  1. 1 a :  an official letter or mandate; especially :  a papal letter less formal than a bull b :  a specific instruction or responsibility <his brief was to strengthen the army>

  2. 2 [1brief]

  3. a :  a concise article b :  synopsis, summary c :  a concise statement of a client's case made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law

  4. 3 :  an outline of an argument; especially :  a formal outline especially in law that sets forth the main contentions with supporting statements or evidence

  5. 4 plural :  short snug pants or underpants

in brief
  1. :  in a few words :  briefly

Examples of brief in a sentence

  1. Her brief is to manage the company's sales department.

  2. <a one-page brief of the intelligence report>



Origin of brief

Middle English bref, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin brevis, from Late Latin, summary, from Latin brevis, adjective


First Known Use: 14th century


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brief

verb

Simple Definition of brief

  • : to give information or instructions to (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brief

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make an abstract or abridgment of

  3. 2 a :  to give final precise instructions to b :  to coach thoroughly in advance c :  to give essential information to

  4. 3 :  to discuss (as a military operation) in a briefing <briefed the mission>

briefer noun

Examples of brief in a sentence

  1. The captain briefed the crew on the new safety procedures.

  2. The President has been briefed by his advisers.



15th Century

First Known Use of brief

15th century

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BRIEF Defined for Kids

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brief

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adjective \ˈbrēf\

Definition of brief for Students

brieferbriefest

  1. :  not very long :  short <a brief explanation>

briefly adverb



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brief

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verb

Definition of brief for Students

briefedbriefing

  1. :  to give information or instructions to <The captain briefed the crew on the plan.>




Law Dictionary

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brief

noun

Legal Definition of brief

  1. 1 :  a concise statement of a client's case written for the instruction of an attorney usually by a law clerk —called also memorandum

  2. 2 :  a formal written presentation of an argument that sets forth the main points with supporting precedents and evidence



Additional Notes on brief

Briefs are filed either by a party or an amicus curiae with a court usually regarding a specific motion (as for summary judgment) or point of law.

Origin of brief

Old French bref, brief letter, writ indicating legal proceedings, from Late Latin brevis, breve short document, summary, from Latin brevis, adjective, short


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brief

transitive verb

Legal Definition of brief

  1. :  to write a brief concerning (a motion or question of law)





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