brief·​ing | \ˈbrē-fiŋ \

Definition of briefing 

: an act or instance of giving precise instructions or essential information

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In a statement, CIA Press Secretary Timothy Barrett said that no one kept Haspel away from the briefing. Susannah George, The Seattle Times, "Pompeo, Mattis defend Saudis as senators weigh war cutoff," 28 Nov. 2018 The list also included setting up a deeper tech briefing on a number of AI and ML technologies, including: Predictive analytics core capabilities and deployment scenarios. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Amazon pitched its facial recognition to ICE, released emails show [Updated]," 24 Oct. 2018 Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said at a monthly briefing Thursday that China would respond with all measures considered necessary to safeguard its rights and interests. Fox News, "China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as 'provocative'," 27 Sep. 2018 In publishing biweekly lists on our website that contain briefings and actions to take on topics in the news, Teens Resist hopes to make complicated issues easy to understand. Kate Griem, Teen Vogue, "Teens Resist Was Created by High Schoolers to Help Youth Engagement in Politics," 24 Aug. 2018 The White House’s fraught balancing act was on display Monday during the afternoon press briefing – the first in nearly a month — where press secretary Sarah Sanders alternately sought to soothe national divisions and to inflame them. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "Trump, aides struggle to balance midterm politics with empathy after synagogue massacre," 30 Oct. 2018 Listen to the flight attendants during the safety briefing, and follow along in your pamphlet. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "10 Tips on How to Survive a Plane Crash (Although They're Really Rare)," 13 Oct. 2018 Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry said during a news briefing Saturday that residents who register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be able to begin the process Monday. Fox News, "The Latest: NC watching coal ash sites swamped by floods," 22 Sep. 2018 Another engineer was already in the country on holiday and six more are expected to land Sunday, Weerachon Sukhontapatipak, a spokesman for Thailand’s military government, said in a Saturday briefing in Bangkok. Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Team Due in Thailand to Help Rescue Soccer Team Trapped in Flooded Cave," 7 July 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of briefing was in 1904

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