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English adjective: brief

1. brief of short duration or distance

SamplesA brief stay in the country.



2. brief concise and succinct

SamplesCovered the matter in a brief statement.



3. brief (of clothing) very short

SamplesAn abbreviated swimsuit.
A brief bikini.




English noun: brief

1. brief (communication) a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case

Synonymslegal brief

Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

Narrower (hyponym)amicus curiae brief

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. brief (communication) a condensed written summary or abstract

Broader (hypernym)abstract, outline, precis, synopsis

English verb: brief

1. brief (communication) give essential information to someone

SamplesThe reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)apprise, apprize, instruct

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