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English definition of “brief”

brief

adjective [-er/-est only]  /brif/ us  

brief adjective [-er/-est only] (SHORT IN TIME)

lasting only a short time or containing few words: Rory had a brief career as an actor.

brief

verb [T]  /brif/ us  

brief verb [T] (GIVE INSTRUCTIONS)

to give someone instructions or information about what to do or say: He is briefing the account executives on the new airline accounts.
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