brief·​ly | \ ˈbrē-flē How to pronounce briefly (audio) \

Definition of briefly

1a : in a brief way briefly mentioned
b : in brief the food, briefly, was awful
2 : for a short time briefly married

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Several important issues are only briefly mentioned. Please briefly describe your experience. We briefly considered canceling the trip.
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In a touching video clip shared by The Royal Family channel on Twitter, it was revealed that Prince Harry briefly spoke to a member of the crowd who had been waiting to meet him. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Was Shown a Photo of Princess Diana in Bristol & His Response Was So Emotional," 1 Feb. 2019 Patrick’’ Lumumba, was briefly jailed as police investigated potential murder suspects. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Amanda Knox Wins Damages Over Meredith Kercher Murder Case," 24 Jan. 2019 Woods was arrested and briefly jailed in Jupiter on suspicion of DUI. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Tiger Woods' successes and struggles: A timeline of events," 24 Sep. 2018 The lead plaintiff, Albert Florence, had been arrested and briefly jailed for not paying a fine. David G. Savage,, "Last year's runner-up, Thomas Hardiman has a working-class background that could appeal to Trump voters," 9 July 2018 The son of Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow was arrested and briefly jailed June 7 in connection with a suspected burglary at a mobile home park when a neighbor reported seeing him inside a nearby trailer. Peter Barzilai, USA TODAY, "Kellen Winslow Jr. accused of two rapes, two attempted rapes and kidnapping," 15 June 2018 Last week, he was briefly jailed on suspicion of burglary. Teri Figueroa,, "Complaint alleges five sexual assault victims in Kellen Winslow II case," 15 June 2018 Grabbing a couple pouches, the male suspect appears to briefly consider throwing them at the officer. Amy B Wang, ajc, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple's snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 1 July 2018 After rolling his ankle yet again in a March 27 loss to Indiana, Bell briefly considered sitting out the rest of the season to get completely healthy. Connor Letourneau,, "Jordan Bell: How Warriors center handled up-and-down rookie season," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of briefly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of briefly was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of briefly

: in only a few words : in a brief way
: for a short period of time

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