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brief

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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
  • They were not allowed to see me but were briefed by doctors and met my father.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • briefed = given a summary of important information
  • Ask the generals to brief you.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • brief = give a summary of important information to
  • 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
  • At a briefing, the crews were told to approach Nauru at eight thousand feet.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • briefing = meeting to give a summary of important information
  • When I mentioned various aircraft he'd flown, the aircraft Dad had briefed me about, he grinned again and said, "Heck, I do believe we got an aviation expert on our hands."
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • briefed = given a summary of important information (to)
  • 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
  • The president was first briefed by doctors not to mention my face.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • briefed = given a summary of important information
  • The hospital started giving daily news briefings on my condition.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
briefings = summaries of important information

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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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