brief

[ breef ]
/ brif /
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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
SYNONYMS FOR brief
2 terse, compact, pithy, condensed.
5 outline, précis, epitome, abstract. See summary.
14 summarize, outline.
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British Dictionary definitions for briefs (1 of 2)

briefs

/ (briːfs) /

pl n

men's underpants or women's pants without legs

British Dictionary definitions for briefs (2 of 2)

brief

/ (briːf) /

adjective

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsbriefly, 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 briefs

brief


see hold no brief for; in brief.

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