briefly

adverb
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

Examples of briefly in a Sentence

Several important issues are only briefly mentioned. Please briefly describe your experience. We briefly considered canceling the trip.
Recent Examples on the Web Fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who was briefly married to John Cale of the Velvet Underground, would often flee to the Chelsea when her relationships were on the rocks. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 After securing an overwhelming victory at the Utah Republican Convention on Saturday, Lee briefly met with local media. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 In March, Blinken briefly met with Ukraine’s foreign minister at the Ukraine-Polish border. Time, 23 Apr. 2022 Musk was briefly Twitter's largest shareholder with his 9.2 percent stake until Vanguard Group upped its ownership share to 10.3 percent. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 15 Apr. 2022 Arians was there, briefly, and did an interview with NFL Network about what the team would have done to replace Brady if the quarterback hadn’t changed his mind. Fred Goodall, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Mar. 2022 Arians was there, briefly, and did an interview with NFL Network about what the team would have done to replace Brady if the quarterback hadn’t changed his mind. Fred Goodall, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Mar. 2022 Following the death of Go For Gin earlier this month, Grindstone was briefly the oldest living Derby winner. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2022 Kautter was briefly also Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, from Nov. 13, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. Graham Kates, CBS News, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of briefly

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

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Last Updated

10 May 2022

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“Briefly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/briefly. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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