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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
  • So I'll keep the news brief.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • brief = summary of important information
  • Father had gone over the important points with Mr. Kleiman, and there wasn't enough time to give Mr. Kugler a thorough briefing.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • briefing = summary of important information
  • The men would gather at the truck to be briefed on what had been hit during their break, what was most likely to be hit next, and who was working with whom.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • briefed = given a summary of important information
  • 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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