- 1Of short duration: the president made a brief visit to MoscowMore example sentences
- The brief visit left no time for discovery or inquiry.
- A brief visit to the temple in the house completes his morning routine before breakfast with the family.
- It consists of regularly scheduled, brief office visits.
- 1.1Concise in expression; using few words: introductions were brief and politeMore example sentences
- A few brief words about the move to Skaggerak in 1902.
- A brief word, though, about Ms. Young, whom I'd never heard of before.
- With a brief word from his chauffeur, they were allowed admittance.
- 1.2(Of a piece of clothing) not covering much of the body; scanty: Alice sported a pair of extremely brief black shortsMore example sentences
- The room Tripitaka entered contained about 30 women, all dressed in very brief clothing.
- A cheerful female gorilla garbed in a brief shirt and a halter top stood at a podium.
- God, how she wished she were wearing something more than her brief underwear.
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- 1.1A set of instructions given to a person about a job or task: his brief is to turn around the country’s economyMore example sentences
- When we receive a brief from a casting director, we go through our book of models and put forward who we think is suitable for the job.
- After receiving an informative brief on the testing process given by the warrant officer, the staff were counted.
- Chief executives of government authorities often complain that they are not given an unambiguous brief with clear mandates and a single objective.
- 1.2US A written summary of the facts and legal points supporting one side of a case, for presentation to a court.More example sentences
- The briefs on the other side of the case were written exclusively by major media companies, congressmen, and copyright holders.
- The team put together mountains of legal briefs to support the argument that Texas had no right to control the private conduct of its citizens.
- The Association has issued a number of legal briefs to support the civil rights of individuals.
- 1.3A letter from the pope to a person or community on a matter of discipline.More example sentences
- He has delivered a papal brief recommending it to that prince that he will take the same steps in this matter.
- He discovered that the agreement, far from being in accordance with the papal Brief, was in direct opposition to it.
- For a papal brief to be valid, it has to be read in the presence of those whom it concerns.
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- Instruct or inform (someone) thoroughly, especially in preparation for a task: she briefed him on last week’s decisionsMore example sentences
- He has all the information you'll need and will brief you thoroughly.
- However, you can't fake knowledge, and the waiter was thoroughly briefed on all aspects of the menu.
- Figuring I'd briefed him thoroughly on the other aspects of the policy, I answered his question.
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- Not support or argue in favor of: I hold no brief for the presidentMore example sentences
- I definitely hold no brief for the Board and can never support its stand on these matters.
- I hold no brief for the organization, and the vast majority of Americans don't either.
- This newspaper holds no brief for the Chief Justice.
- In a few words; in short: he is, in brief, the embodiment of evil the news in briefMore example sentences
- Taking a look at news in brief tonight, a winter storm dropped up to 10 inches of snow in parts of the Midwest.
- The consequence is mass unemployment and weakened schemes for social protection - in brief, a breaking up of society.
- Here's the big guy's cinematic history in brief.
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- Despite the briefness of the play, there is certainly no lack of depth here.
- Surprised by the briefness of the conversation, I stuttered back, ‘O-okay, I guess.’
- Despite its briefness, Mason's work is the best of the three actors who are first billed in the film.
Middle English: from Old French brief, from Latin brevis 'short'. The noun is via late Latin breve 'note, dispatch', hence 'an official letter'.