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adverb brief·ly \ˈbrē-flē\

Simple Definition of briefly

  • : in only a few words : in a brief way

  • : for a short period of time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of briefly

  1. 1 a :  in a brief way <briefly mentioned> b :  in brief <the food, briefly, was awful>

  2. 2 :  for a short time <briefly married>

Examples of briefly in a sentence

  1. Several important issues are only briefly mentioned.

  2. Please briefly describe your experience.

  3. We briefly considered canceling the trip.



14th Century

First Known Use of briefly

14th century



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