adjective, brief·er, brief·est.
- a writ summoning one to answer to any action.
- a memorandum of points of fact or of law for use in conducting a case.
- a written argument submitted to a court.
- (in England) the material relevant to a case, delivered by a solicitor to the barrister who tries the case.
verb (used with object)
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There is even a brief chapter in which Bezos explains why he bought The Washington Post.Jeff Bezos’s thoughts on Big Business, outer space and The Washington Post|James Ledbetter|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
As he disarmingly and frankly acknowledges, little is certain beyond that the fire started near the Circus Maximus and, with a brief respite, burned for nine days.
For that brief moment last Sunday, it appeared his rise was going to include his first NFL touchdown, as he hurdled Detroit Lions cornerback Justin Coleman just a few yards from the goal line.For undrafted NFL rookies, the odds were even longer this year. Isaiah Wright made it anyway.|Sam Fortier|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
When Knox appealed a second time to the Supreme Court, Attorney General Janet Reno filed her own brief arguing that the appeals court had ruled properly — a highly unusual departure from the argument of her own solicitor general.Drew S. Days III, first African American to lead civil rights division at Justice Department, dies at 79|Emily Langer|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
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Republican senators who were briefed on the crisis in Iraq Thursday also were reluctant to support U.S. air strikes in Iraq.
Relatives of passengers and the crew have been briefed on the existence of the unidentified objects.
The rocket shipment seized on Wednesday, according to an IDF spokesman who briefed reporters, began in Damascus.Israel Seizes Iranian Rockets—and Pounces on Tehran for ‘Supplying Terrorists’|Eli Lake|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Members of Congress have been briefed on it and on what the administration has been doing under its terms.
That claim soon evaporated as the administration conceded that she had "briefed" Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough and other aides.
Because I reassigned them, at the same time I briefed them, and made these other assignments.Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
As we studied the pictures and charts, Stimson briefed us on the course of action.The Image and the Likeness|John Scott Campbell
That outfit had only been on Kwannon for the last two thousand hours, but somebody should have briefed him better than that.Oomphel in the Sky|Henry Beam Piper
At lunch time it was a question whether another leader should be briefed.Beatrice|H. Rider Haggard
Soon after he had begun to make his mark he was briefed against the claimant in the famous “Tichborne Case.”
British Dictionary definitions for brief
- to instruct (a barrister) by brief
- to retain (a barrister) as counsel
Derived forms of briefbriefly, adverbbriefness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with brief
see hold no brief for; in brief.