briefly

adverb brief·ly \ ˈbrē-flē \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018

Definition of briefly

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

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First Known Use of briefly

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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briefly Synonyms

Near Antonyms

redundantly, repetitiously;

Phrases

in a nutshell, in a word, in brief, in short, in sum;


BRIEFLY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of briefly for English Language Learners

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

  • : for a short period of time



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