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briefly

[breef-lee] /ˈbrif li/
adverb
1.
for a short duration:
He stopped over briefly in Chicago.
2.
in a few words:
Let me explain briefly.
3.
in a brief manner; quickly or brusquely:
She nodded briefly and began to speak.
Origin of briefly
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at brief, -ly
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  • Captain Birch briefly responded on behalf of the Volunteers.

  • briefly she outlined the situation to Emma, who had long been her confidante.

  • "You never know where you are with them guys," he said briefly.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Simba briefly indicated the three nearest to act as his assistants.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Throwing my cloak down, I placed the girl on it and briefly related what had happened.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
Word Origin and History for briefly
adv.

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

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