brief Definition

  • 1of short duration or distance
  • 2concise and to the point
  • 3giving only the most important information

Using brief: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "brief" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The meeting was brief, lasting only 15 minutes.

  • Example

    Please give me a brief summary of the report.

  • Example

    He wrote a brief note to his wife before leaving for work.

  • Example

    I had a brief conversation with her at the party.

brief Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using brief

  • to be concise and not take up too much time


    I have a lot of work to do, so please keep it brief.

  • communicating in a direct and concise manner


    His presentation was brief and to the point, which made it easy to understand.

  • to give someone a summary or update on a particular topic


    Can you please brief me on the latest developments in the project?

Phrases with brief

  • in a few words; briefly


    In brief, we need to increase our sales by 20% this quarter.

  • a chance meeting with someone that is brief but memorable


    Their brief encounter on the train left a lasting impression on both of them.

  • a very short period of time


    For a brief moment, I thought I saw my ex-boyfriend in the crowd.

Origins of brief

from Old French 'brief', meaning 'short'


Summary: brief in Brief

The term 'brief' [briːf] refers to something of short duration or distance, or something that is concise and to the point. It can describe a meeting, conversation, or summary, as in 'The meeting was brief, lasting only 15 minutes.' 'Brief' also extends into phrases like 'in brief,' and idioms like 'keep it brief,' denoting the importance of being concise and not taking up too much time.

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