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Multiple Meanings
brief — as in:  briefed her

The reporters were briefed about the President’s plan to invade.
to give a summary of important information to someone
brief — as in:  legal brief

The ACLU filed the brief in October.
a summary of important facts — especially an opinion of a legal case

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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