The meeting will be brief.
The essay is brief but thorough enough.
a few brief words of caution Noun
Her brief is to manage the company's sales department.
a one-page brief of the intelligence report Verb
The captain briefed the crew on the new safety procedures.
The President has been briefed by his advisers. See More
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Hamas, which took several hostages, released some during a brief ceasefire with Israel this week.—Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 King Charles was one of the last big moves of the brief Chris Licht era at CNN.—Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Nov. 2023 Recent data has shown a brief rebound in China’s struggling economy has stalled, piling pressure on China's president Xi Jinping to spur growth with stimulus measures.—Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The appeals court ruled against Trump and lifted the stay in a brief order on Thursday.—Graham Kates, CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 In his brief message, the entrepreneur praised decisions taken in recent years by rival PDD Holdings Inc. to wrest market share from China’s e-commerce leader.—Zheping Huang, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2023 And yet, for a brief moment after the truck appeared onstage, the entire room — one full of Tesla customers and fans from all around the world — fell practically silent in disbelief.—Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 29 Nov. 2023 How To Make Hot Chocolate Spoons Full instructions are below, but here's a brief recap before you get started:
Step 1.—Jasmine Smith, Southern Living, 29 Nov. 2023 Lee’s brief cocaine period (circa late Seventies/early Eighties) was the only time substances ever crept into Rush’s performances.—Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023
The British Defense Ministry said in an intelligence brief this week that Russian forces have suffered thousands of casualties in the process.—Siobhán O'Grady, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2023 His vision for ‘Akka’ grabbed Aditya’s attention and the project was greenlit instantly with a brief from Adi to make ‘Akka’ one of the biggest tentpole series that YRF Entertainment will ever make.—Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 24 Nov. 2023 Barnett’s brief is due Feb. 20, followed by the government’s brief on March 21, and Barnett’s reply brief on April 11.—Bill Bowden, arkansasonline.com, 22 Nov. 2023 The brief did not break out the performance of students who received subsidies to take A.P. exams, arguably the most pertinent group for policymakers.—Dana Goldstein, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Before Halloween, Kardashian collaborated with Neymar Jr., to promote her new venture in menswear, which includes a range of SKIMS briefs, boxers, tanks and tees for men.—Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 In exclusive behind-the-scenes photos shared with PEOPLE, Flynn, 30, reveals what's underneath his holiday-wear, including a tight pair of briefs (CK's Future Shift Holiday Low Rise Trunks to be exact) — and nothing else!—Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 But the College Board has released only the brief — not its study or its data.—Dana Goldstein, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 The dispute has attracted input from a slew of pro-Second Amendment and gun control groups, Democratic lawmakers, and prosecutors and public defenders, who submitted friend-of-the-court briefs to the justices.—Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 6 Nov. 2023
While the intrusions appear to have been opportunistic and aimed at sending a message, the ability of a foreign government to gain broad access to US critical infrastructure led the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security agency to brief members of Congress on the hacking campaign on Thursday.—Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, 2 Dec. 2023 Though Jewish settlers who hold American citizenship can’t be barred from the United States, the Biden administration called on Israel to prosecute those who engage in violence, according to U.S. officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.—Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol was briefed on the latest North Korean activities and ordered military readiness, his office said.—Reuters, NBC News, 27 Nov. 2023 Biden would deliver remarks at 1:45 p.m. ET, the White House said, adding he was briefed multiple times Friday morning by his national security team on the latest developments.—Ken Thomas, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2023 The candidate has been briefed extensively and may be expected to talk about strategy, vision, or risks.—Bygeoff Colvin, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 However, Israel has only agreed to brief daily periods during which civilians can flee the area of ground combat in northern Gaza and head south on foot along the territory's main north-south artery.—Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 12 Nov. 2023 However, Israel has so far only agreed to brief daily periods during which civilians are able to flee the area of ground combat in northern Gaza and head south on foot along the territory's main north-south artery.—CBS News, 11 Nov. 2023 An Israeli source briefed on the hostage deal told ABC News that a batch of about 10 to 12 hostages will be released in Gaza each day during the cease-fire.—Victoria Beaule, ABC News, 22 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English bref, breve, from Anglo-French bref, brief, from Latin brevis; akin to Old High German murg short, Greek brachys
Middle English bref, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin brevis, from Late Latin, summary, from Latin brevisbrief entry 1