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)
Origin of brief
Synonyms for brief
Related Words for briefedprepare, explain, apprise, update, inform, instruct, advise, prime, edify, abridge, recapitulate, initiate, epitomize, summarize, orient, enlighten
Examples from the Web for briefed
Contemporary Examples of briefed
Republican senators who were briefed on the crisis in Iraq Thursday also were reluctant to support U.S. air strikes in Iraq.U.S. Aircraft Could Strike Iraq Tomorrow
Eli Lake, Tim Mak
June 13, 2014
Relatives of passengers and the crew have been briefed on the existence of the unidentified objects.Australia Spots Two Objects in the Hunt for MH370
March 20, 2014
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’
March 6, 2014
Members of Congress have been briefed on it and on what the administration has been doing under its terms.The NSA Program and the Law
June 18, 2013
That claim soon evaporated as the administration conceded that she had "briefed" Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough and other aides.The White House and the IRS: A Carteresque Fiasco
May 28, 2013
Historical Examples of briefed
They had not been well "briefed," as lawyers say, or they had not mastered their instructions.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
They briefed me on where I should take you, so there'd be good food ready.Victory
Lester del Rey
During his transmigration he had been briefed for the trouble on Deneb IV.A Place in the Sun
I was still a new Exec, and the book said I must be briefed on my duties.A Question of Courage
Jesse Franklin Bone
I talked with him while Cooms and Fluel were around, but he may have been briefed on what to say.Lion Loose
James H. Schmitz
- to instruct (a barrister) by brief
- to retain (a barrister) as counsel
Word Origin for brief
late 13c., from Latin brevis (adj.) "short, low, little, shallow," from PIE *mregh-wi-, from root *mregh-u- "short" (cf. Greek brakhys "short," Old Church Slavonic bruzeja "shallow places, shoals," Gothic gamaurgjan "to shorten").
from Latin breve (genitive brevis), noun derivative of adjective brevis (see brief (adj.)) which came to mean "letter, summary," specifically a letter of the pope (less ample and solemn than a bull), and thus came to mean "letter of authority," which yielded the modern, legal sense of "summary of the facts of a case" (1630s).
see hold no brief for; in brief.