brief

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adjective, brief·er, brief·est.

noun

verb (used with object)


Idioms

    hold a brief for, to support or defend by argument; endorse.
    in brief, in a few words; in short: The supervisor outlined in brief the duties of the new assistant.

Origin of brief

1250–1300; Middle English bref < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin brevis short; see breve
Related formsbrief·er, nounbrief·ness, nounun·brief, adjectiveun·brief·ly, adverbun·brief·ness, nounun·briefed, adjective

Synonyms for brief

1. short-lived, fleeting, transitory, ephemeral, transient. See short. 2. terse, compact, pithy, condensed. 5. outline, précis, epitome, abstract. See summary. 14. summarize, outline.
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Examples from the Web for briefed

Contemporary Examples of briefed

Historical Examples of briefed

  • They had not been well "briefed," as lawyers say, or they had not mastered their instructions.

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for briefed

brief

adjective

short in durationa brief holiday
short in length or extent; scantya brief bikini
abrupt in manner; brusquethe professor was brief with me this morning
terse or concise; containing few wordshe made a brief statement

noun

a condensed or short statement or written synopsis; abstract
law a document containing all the facts and points of law of a case by which a solicitor instructs a barrister to represent a client
RC Church a letter issuing from the Roman court written in modern characters, as contrasted with a papal bull; papal brief
short for briefing
a paper outlining the arguments and information on one side of a debate
British slang a lawyer, esp a barrister
hold a brief for to argue for; champion
in brief in short; to sum up

verb (tr)

to prepare or instruct by giving a summary of relevant facts
to make a summary or synopsis of
English law
  1. to instruct (a barrister) by brief
  2. to retain (a barrister) as counsel
(intr foll by against) to supply potentially damaging or negative information regarding somone, as to the media, a politician, etcSee also briefs
Derived Formsbriefly, adverbbriefness, noun

Word Origin for brief

C14: from Old French bref, from Latin brevis; related to Greek brakhus
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Word Origin and History for briefed

brief

adj.

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").

brief

n.

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).

brief

v.

"to give instructions or information to," 1866; originally "to instruct by a brief" (1862), from brief (n.). Related: Briefed; briefing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with briefed

brief

see hold no brief for; in brief.

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