brief

[ breef ]
/ brif /
See synonyms for: brief / briefed / briefer / briefing on Thesaurus.com

adjective, brief·er, brief·est.

noun

verb (used with object)

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Idioms for brief

    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

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English bref, from Anglo-French, Old French, from Latin brevis “short”; see breve

synonym study for brief

1. See short. 5. See summary.

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British Dictionary definitions for brief

brief
/ (briːf) /

adjective

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of brief

briefly, adverbbriefness, noun

Word Origin for brief

C14: from Old French bref, from Latin brevis; related to Greek brakhus
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Idioms and Phrases with brief

brief

see hold no brief for; in brief.

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