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brief
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
briefed her
Definition to give a summary of important information to someone
  • The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade.
briefed = gave a summary of important information to someone
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She never sees our team play. Instead he watches the team we will play next week and then briefs our coach about their strengths and weaknesses.
  • briefs = gives a summary of important information to someone
  • The pre-mission briefing alarmed Louie: they'd bomb from only eight thousand feet.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken - adapted for young adults
  • briefing = summary of important information
  • McBride had to be back in the office for a press briefing on the investigation.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • briefing = to give a summary of important information to someone
  • At the end of his brief life, Mac had redeemed himself.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken - adapted for young adults
  • She won't get within a mile of a police briefing for the next year.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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2  —as in:
legal brief
Definition a summary of important facts — especially an opinion of a legal case
  • The ACLU filed the brief in October.
brief = a summary of important facts — especially an opinion of a legal case
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her brief stresses that a guilty verdict would be incompatible with the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech.
  • brief = a summary of important facts — especially an opinion of a legal case
  • With a sigh, she shifted a tower of briefs aside.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
briefs = summaries of important facts — especially opinions regarding a legal case

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More commonly:
This word is most commonly encountered as an adjective meaning "of short duration." Other meanings derive from the idea of short duration--as when making a long story short by summarizing it.
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