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What does briefly mean?
Briefly means for a short amount of time.
It can also mean concisely or in a few words, as opposed to in a longer manner, as in State your main argument briefly in a sentence or two.
Briefly is the adverb form of the adjective brief, which most commonly means lasting a short time or concise. Because it’s an adverb, briefly is used to describe verbs (actions), as in I briefly considered it, or adjectives, as in The conversation was briefly tense, but then everyone started to get along.
Example: It rained briefly, probably only for a few minutes.
Where does briefly come from?
The first records of the word briefly come from the 1200s. Its base word, brief, ultimately comes from the Latin brevis, meaning “short.” The suffix -ly is used to form adverbs.
Briefly is most commonly used to describe actions that happen only for a short time, often because there isn’t a lot of time in which to do them, as in I only have a few minutes before I have to leave, so I can only briefly discuss our plans for tonight. When you do something briefly, you do it for a short amount of time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you do it quickly. However, a less common sense of the word briefly does mean “in a quick, abrupt, or brusque manner.” This sense of the word can imply a certain rudeness that’s not implied when briefly means “for a short time” or “concise.” For example, if you say that a person dealt with you briefly, it may mean that you think they should have taken a bit more time rather than brushing you off so quickly.
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What are some other forms related to briefly?
- brief (adjective)
What are some synonyms for briefly?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing briefly?
How is briefly used in real life?
Briefly is a very common word and perhaps the briefest way to say “in a short amount of time.”
Stockholm, thank you for having us so briefly.
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) December 5, 2014
it's kinda lame when someone you met briefly and never worked with comments on you. I will continue to wish them luck and be kind.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 9, 2011
People say Sokka is overconfident but I would also be pretty confident if I briefly dated the moon…
— Netflix (@netflix) May 19, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for briefly
Lee and Coogan did briefly meet with the pope, with pictures to prove it, but no one at the Vatican officially screened the film.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He was courteous, explained the legitimate reason we were briefly pulled over, and then let us continue on our way.
I was briefly scared into eating regularly, but all too soon, the fears fade and my old habits return.
Briefly, blister rust is an Asian fungus introduced from Europe to America around 1900.
Shostakovich was briefly in Moscow, and he was summoned to the theater.
The parties which in turn wield power in these periodic revolutions may be briefly termed classical and romantic.Morals and the Evolution of Man|Max Simon Nordau
What remains to be told of Fitzjames's life shall be given as briefly as may be.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.|Sir Leslie Stephen
Butler told them briefly what had taken place, without making any special point of his own part in the affair.The Pony Rider Boys in Louisiana|Frank Gee Patchin
We have briefly glanced at our lack of confidence, our failure in cordial unanimity, the absence of definiteness and importunity.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
But briefly, in order to come to this story, I must have a side talk with the Woman-who-goes-hunting-with-her-husband.A Woman Tenderfoot|Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson