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brief

 (brēf)
adj. brief·er, brief·est
1. Short in time, duration, length, or extent.
2. Succinct; concise: a brief account of the incident.
3. Curt; abrupt: We were upset because he was so brief with us.
n.
1. A short, succinct statement.
2. A condensation or an abstract of a larger document or series of documents.
3. Law A document concisely stating the legal points being made, including often the citation and explanation of supporting legal authority.
4. Roman Catholic Church A papal letter that is not as formal as a bull.
5. A briefing.
6. often briefs Short, tight-fitting underpants.
7. briefs Chiefly British The instructions that are given to explain a task or assignment.
tr.v. briefed, brief·ing, briefs
1. To give instructions or preparatory information to: briefed the astronauts before the mission.
2. To summarize.
Idiom:
in brief
In short.

[Middle English bref, from Old French, from Latin brevis. N., Middle English bref, written communication, from Old French, from Medieval Latin breve, from Latin, neuter of brevis, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.]

brief′er n.
brief′ly adv.
brief′ness n.

brief

(briːf)
adj
1. short in duration: a brief holiday.
2. short in length or extent; scanty: a brief bikini.
3. abrupt in manner; brusque: the professor was brief with me this morning.
4. terse or concise; containing few words: he made a brief statement.
n
5. (Journalism & Publishing) a condensed or short statement or written synopsis; abstract
6. (Law) law a document containing all the facts and points of law of a case by which a solicitor instructs a barrister to represent a client
7. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a letter issuing from the Roman court written in modern characters, as contrasted with a papal bull; papal brief
8. short for briefing
9. (Rhetoric) a paper outlining the arguments and information on one side of a debate
10. (Professions) slang Brit a lawyer, esp a barrister
11. hold a brief for to argue for; champion
12. in brief in short; to sum up
vb (tr)
13. to prepare or instruct by giving a summary of relevant facts
14. to make a summary or synopsis of
15. (Law) English law
a. to instruct (a barrister) by brief
b. to retain (a barrister) as counsel
16. (foll by: against) to supply potentially damaging or negative information regarding someone, as to the media, a politician, etc
[C14: from Old French bref, from Latin brevis; related to Greek brakhus]
ˈbriefly adv
ˈbriefness n

brief

(brif)

adj. brief•er, brief•est,
n., v. adj.
1. lasting or taking a short time.
2. using few words; concise: a brief report.
3. abrupt; curt.
4. scanty: a brief bathing suit.
n.
5. a short and concise statement or written item.
6.
a. a memorandum of points of fact or of law for use in conducting a case.
b. a written statement submitted to a court by counsel presenting the principal facts, points of law, and arguments related to a client's case.
7. an outline, summary.
8. briefs, (used with a pl. v.) close-fitting legless underpants with an elastic waistband.
9. a papal letter less formal than a bull.
v.t.
10. to make an abstract or summary of.
11. to instruct by a brief or briefing.
Idioms:
in brief, in a few words; in short.
[1250–1300; Middle English bref < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin brevis short; see breve]
brief′er, n.
brief′ly, adv.
brief′ness, n.
syn: See short. See also summary.

brief


Past participle: briefed
Gerund: briefing

Imperative
brief
brief
Present
I brief
you brief
he/she/it briefs
we brief
you brief
they brief
Preterite
I briefed
you briefed
he/she/it briefed
we briefed
you briefed
they briefed
Present Continuous
I am briefing
you are briefing
he/she/it is briefing
we are briefing
you are briefing
they are briefing
Present Perfect
I have briefed
you have briefed
he/she/it has briefed
we have briefed
you have briefed
they have briefed
Past Continuous
I was briefing
you were briefing
he/she/it was briefing
we were briefing
you were briefing
they were briefing
Past Perfect
I had briefed
you had briefed
he/she/it had briefed
we had briefed
you had briefed
they had briefed
Future
I will brief
you will brief
he/she/it will brief
we will brief
you will brief
they will brief
Future Perfect
I will have briefed
you will have briefed
he/she/it will have briefed
we will have briefed
you will have briefed
they will have briefed
Future Continuous
I will be briefing
you will be briefing
he/she/it will be briefing
we will be briefing
you will be briefing
they will be briefing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been briefing
you have been briefing
he/she/it has been briefing
we have been briefing
you have been briefing
they have been briefing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been briefing
you will have been briefing
he/she/it will have been briefing
we will have been briefing
you will have been briefing
they will have been briefing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been briefing
you had been briefing
he/she/it had been briefing
we had been briefing
you had been briefing
they had been briefing
Conditional
I would brief
you would brief
he/she/it would brief
we would brief
you would brief
they would brief
Past Conditional
I would have briefed
you would have briefed
he/she/it would have briefed
we would have briefed
you would have briefed
they would have briefed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brief - a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's casebrief - a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
amicus curiae brief - a brief presented by someone interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but who is not a party to it
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
2.brief - a condensed written summary or abstract
precis, synopsis, abstract, outline - a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
Verb1.brief - give essential information to someone; "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"
apprise, apprize, instruct - make aware of; "Have the students been apprised of the tuition hike?"
Adj.1.brief - of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the country"
short - primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration; "a short life"; "a short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story"; "only a few short months"
2.brief - concise and succinct; "covered the matter in a brief statement"
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"
3.brief - (of clothing) very shortbrief - (of clothing) very short; "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"
short - (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"

brief

adjective
1. short, fast, quick, temporary, fleeting, swift, short-lived, little, hasty, momentary, ephemeral, quickie (informal), transitory This time their visit is brief.
short long, extensive, lengthy, protracted
3. curt, short, sharp, blunt, abrupt, brusque He was brief, rapid, decisive.
verb
1. inform, prime, prepare, advise, fill in (informal), instruct, clue in (informal), gen up (Brit. informal), put in the picture (informal), give a rundown, keep (soemone) posted, give the gen (Brit. informal) A spokesman briefed reporters.
noun
1. instructions, remit, briefing, guidelines, mandate, directive Hughes will be given the brief of man-marking Francesco Totti.
2. summary, résumé, outline, sketch, abstract, summing-up, digest, epitome, rundown, synopsis, précis, recapitulation, abridgment He gives me my first brief of the situation.
3. case, defence, argument, data, contention a lawyer's brief
in brief
4. briefly, in summary, in synopsis, in digest form And now sport in brief.
5. in short, briefly, in essence, in a word, in a nutshell, to sum up, to come to the point, to put it briefly In brief, take no risks.

brief

adjective
1. Not long in time or duration:
2. Accomplished in very little time:
3. Marked by or consisting of few words that are carefully chosen:
4. Rudely unceremonious:
noun
A short summary or version prepared by cutting down a larger work:
Translations
لَمْحَةٌ مُخْتَصَرهوَجيزوَجيز، قَصيريُعْطي تَعْليمات
krátkýstručnýstručný výtahzprávadát instruktáž
kortkortvarigorienteresagsresumébriefe
lyhyt
kratak
megbízást adrövidtényállástömörügyvédi megbízást ad
stutturupplÿsa, kynnayfirlit
短い
잠시의
apatinės kelnėsaplankasbrifingasinstruktažasinstruktuoti
instruētīssīss lietas izklāstsneilgsrezumējums
dať inštruktáž
dati napotkekratek
kort
อย่างสั้น
kısabrifing yapmakdava özetigerekli bilgileri vermek
ngắn gọn

brief

[briːf]
A. ADJ (briefer (compar) (briefest (superl)))
1. (= short) [visit, period, career] → breve, corto; [glimpse, moment, interval] → breve
2. (= concise) [speech, description, statement] → breve
please be briefsea breve, por favor
he was brief and to the pointfue breve y yendo al grano
in briefen resumen, en suma
3. (= skimpy) [panties, bathing costume, shorts] → diminuto, breve
B. N
1. (Jur) → escrito m
to hold a brief for sb (fig) → ser partidario de algn, abogar por algn
I hold no brief for those whono soy partidario de los que ..., no abogo por los que ...
I hold no brief for himno lo defiendo
2. (= instructions, remit) → instrucciones fpl
his brief is to negotiate a solution to the conflictsus instrucciones son solucionar el conflicto mediante negociaciones
it's not part of my brief to sort out disputesno entra dentro de mi competencia solventar disputas
3. briefs (man's) → calzoncillos mpl, slip m, calzones mpl (LAm); (woman's) → bragas fpl (Sp), calzones mpl (LAm)
C. VT
1. (Jur, Mil) (= instruct) → dar instrucciones a
the pilots were briefeddieron instrucciones a los pilotos
2. (= inform, prepare) → informar
we were briefed on recent developmentsnos informaron sobre los acontecimientos recientes

brief

[ˈbriːf]
adj
[appearance, visit, statement, description] → bref(brève)
[person] to be brief → être bref(brève)
I'll try to be brief → J'essaierais d'être bref.
in brief → en bref
the news in brief → les actualités en bref
n (= responsibility) → tâche f, mission f
with a brief to → chargé(e) de
(LAW)dossier m, cause f
vt
(= inform) to brief sb about sth → mettre qn au courant de qch
(= instruct) → donner des instructions à

brief

adj (+er)kurz; (= curt also) mannerkurz angebunden; in briefkurz; the news in briefKurznachrichten pl; to be briefum es kurz zu machen; could you give me a brief idea …könnten Sie mir kurz erzählen
n
(Jur) → Auftrag m (an einen Anwalt); (= document)Unterlagen plzu dem/einem Fall; (= instructions)Instruktionen pl; to take a brief (Jur) → einen Fall annehmen; to hold a brief for somebody (Jur) → jds Sache vor Gericht vertreten; I hold no brief for him (fig)ich will nicht für ihn plädieren
(= instructions)Auftrag m
(Brit sl: = lawyer) → Rechtsverdreher m
vt
(Jur) lawyerinstruieren; (= employ)beauftragen
(= give instructions, information to)instruieren (→ on über +acc); the pilots were briefed on what they had to dodie Piloten wurden instruiert, was sie tun sollten

brief

[briːf]
1. adj (visit, period, moment, speech) → breve; (glimpse) → veloce, breve
for a brief moment I thought ... → per un attimo ho creduto...
I caught a brief glimpse of the queen → ho intravisto per un attimo la regina
in brief ... → in breve..., a farla breve...
2. n
a. (Law) → dossier m inv
b. (Mil) (gen) → istruzioni fpl
that's outside my brief → non è di mia competenza
3. vt (Mil) → dare istruzioni a
to brief sb (about sth) (person) → mettere qn al corrente (di qc) (Law) → affidare una causa a

brief

(briːf) adjective
not long; short. a brief visit; a brief account.
noun
a short statement of facts (especially in a lawsuit, of a client's case). a lawyer's brief.
verb
to give detailed instructions to (especially a barrister, group of soldiers etc). The astronauts were briefed before the space mission.
ˈbriefing noun
instructions and information. The pilots were given a briefing before they left.
ˈbriefly adverb
He told me briefly what he knew.
briefs noun plural
(used especially in shops) women's pants or men's underpants. a pair of briefs.
brevity (ˈbrevəti) noun
shortness (of speech, writing, time etc). He is well known for the brevity of his speeches.
ˈbriefcase noun
a light case for papers, made of leather etc. a businessman's briefcase.
in brief
in a few words. In brief, we have been successful.

brief

وَجيز krátký kort kurz σύντομος breve lyhyt bref kratak breve 短い 잠시의 kort kort zwięzły breve недолгий kort อย่างสั้น kısa ngắn gọn 简短的

brief

n. sumario, resumen;
adv. brevemente, concisamente; en pocas palabras;
a. breve, corto-a, conciso-a.
References in classic literature ?
During one of the brief calls he made, he artfully led the conversation to music, and talked away about great singers whom he had seen, fine organs he had heard, and told such charming anecdotes that Beth found it impossible to stay in her distant corner, but crept nearer and nearer, as if fascinated.
So, not to go into too many details," went on the professor, "I'll just give you a brief outline of this story of the idol of gold.
I had never heard in the theatre lines that were alive, that presupposed and took for granted, like those which passed between Varville and Marguerite in the brief encounter before her friends entered.
Almost every one danced but the twins, who could not be induced to separate during the brief period when one or the other should be whirling around the room in the arms of a man.
A silence of a minute succeeded, during which the Indian sat mute; then, full of the dignity of his office, he commenced his brief tale, with a solemnity that served to heighten its appearance of truth.
It brought, instead, a brief note by the hands of Whiskey Dick from Fairfax, apologizing for some business that kept him and George Kearney from accompanying the ladies.
With a brief sketch, therefore, of the circumstances amid which the foundation of the house was laid, and a rapid glimpse at its quaint exterior, as it grew black in the prevalent east wind,--pointing, too, here and there, at some spot of more verdant mossiness on its roof and walls,--we shall commence the real action of our tale at an epoch not very remote from the present day.
Not so with our old Inspector One brief sigh sufficed to carry off the entire burden of these dismal reminiscences.
His hospitable attentions were brief, but expressive, being confined to a shake of the hand, a slap on the shoulder, a loud laugh, and a pressing invitation to "fall to, and help themselves.
The fact to be in possession of was therefore that his old friend, the youngest of several daughters of a poor country parson, had, at the age of twenty, on taking service for the first time in the schoolroom, come up to London, in trepidation, to answer in person an advertisement that had already placed her in brief correspondence with the advertiser.
Starting from a brief standing sleep, I was horribly conscious of something fatally wrong.
We had brief intervals of grim stillness, interrupted with piteous regularity by the clash made by the falling of an iron-clad; and this sort of thing was going on, right along, and was very creepy there in the dark and lonesomeness.
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