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British English: /briːf/
American English: /brif/

Translation of brief in French:


  • 1 (British English) (gen) (remit)
    it is your brief ou your brief is to do
    votre tâche consiste à faire
    with a brief for
    chargé de
    (environment, immigration)
    with a brief to do
    dont la tâche consiste à faire
    to fall within/to exceed somebody's brief
    faire partie des/dépasser les attributions de quelqu'un
  • 2 (Law) to take ou accept a brief
    accepter un dossier
  • 3 (British English) (instructions)
    designer's brief
    directives du concepteur
    to prepare a brief
    préparer un dossier
    for pour
    to work to a brief
    suivre des directives

also: briefs plural noun


  • 1 (concise)
    (account, event, summary, speech)
    to be brief, I will be brief
    je serai bref
    the news in brief
    les brèves
  • 3 (abrupt)
    (manner, reply) with avec

also: in brief adverb phrase

  • en bref

transitive verb

  • 1 (gen) (Military)
    (journalist, politician, worker) on de
    donner des instructions à
    (police, troops) on sur
    donner des directives à
    (artist, designer) on sur
    to be well briefed
    être bien au courant
  • 2 (Law)
    confier une cause à
    to brief somebody to do
    engager quelqu'un pour faire

reflexive verb

  • to brief oneself on something
    se renseigner sur quelque chose


to hold a watching brief on somebody

tenir quelqu'un à l'œil

to hold no brief for somebody

ne pas se faire l'avocat de quelqu'un

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