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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Examples of briefly in a Sentence

Several important issues are only briefly mentioned. Please briefly describe your experience. We briefly considered canceling the trip.
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Two cows briefly went rogue on Friday afternoon until officials were able to corral the pair into the parking lot of the Olathe District Activity Complex. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Will Irish farmers have to diaper their cows after Effin dung case? | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 The Warriors got another scare when Thompson briefly went to the locker room in the second quarter with a left knee strain then returned and hit baseline 3-pointers from both sides and wound up with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Janie Mccauley,, "James Harden scores 30 as Rockets even series with Warriors at 2 games apiece," 22 May 2018 There's a big difference between going outside briefly during hot temperatures and being stuck in the belly of a plane for an extended time, Thompson said. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "American, United ban pets in cargo on summer flights in Phoenix, other desert cities," 21 May 2018 When Jordan Henderson missed with the third kick, he was consoled by teammates, but only briefly, so as not to wallow in the disappointment. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup penalty shootouts have nothing to do with luck," 5 July 2018 In the summer of 2011, when Apple (briefly) topped Exxon Mobil for the first time as the most valuable company in the world by market cap, Amazon was barely in the top 50. Shira Ovide, The Seattle Times, "Amazon closes in on Apple in the $1 trillion market-value stakes," 2 July 2018 The Canadian driver made his official IndyCar Series debut – albeit briefly – at Road America one year ago Friday. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From a 'bucket-list' debut to challenging for victories, it's been 12 wild months for Robert Wickens in IndyCar," 22 June 2018 The visitors left Red Bull Arena with a 2-1 win and, at least briefly, reclaimed first place in the United Soccer League Eastern Conference standings. Charlie Hatch,, "FC Cincinnati wins 2-1 at New York Red Bulls II on Saturday afternoon," 2 June 2018 If Middleton represented, however briefly, the pinnacle of feminine attainment in spring 2011, Markle represents a widening of the possibilities of feminine attainment in spring 2018. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "What the difference between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle says about how we conceive of the “ideal woman”," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of briefly

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

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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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