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briefly Line breaks: brief¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈbriːfli/

Definition of briefly in English:


1For a short time; fleetingly: he worked briefly as a lawyer
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  • Boies had been able to come back to Quebec briefly for Mia's birth.
  • Using the free end of the second connecting wire, briefly touch the positive lead on the power supply.
  • She brings the distant briefly close above his dreamy abstract stare.
1.1Using few words; concisely: as I briefly mentioned earlier [sentence adverb]: briefly, the plot is as follows ...
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  • Evaluations of the two programs are briefly described below.
  • Toward the end of the council fire the boys will be receptive to the suggestion of a hero tale, simply, briefly told.
  • The obvious problem of pseudonymity of New Testament books is only briefly considered.
in short, in brief, to put it briefly, to cut a long story short, in a word, to sum up, in sum, to come to the point, (to put it) in a nutshell, in essence, in outline
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