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[breef-lee] /ˈbrif li/
for a short duration:
He stopped over briefly in Chicago.
in a few words:
Let me explain briefly.
in a brief manner; quickly or brusquely:
She nodded briefly and began to speak.
Origin of briefly
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at brief, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The story of the fall of the Golden Horde may be briefly told.

  • "Somewhat; I have seen enough to know it is founded on law," she replied, briefly.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • The author does not pretend to describe the many public buildings of Melbourne, but briefly to mention such as most impressed him.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
  • Mr. Churchill briefly described the actual situation of the Navy.

    1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • Before we accompany Joseph to Spain, let us briefly review the condition of Europe at this time.

    Joseph Bonaparte John S. C. Abbott
Word Origin and History for briefly

c.1300, from brief (adj.) + -ly (2). As an introduction to a statement, "in short," recorded from 1510s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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