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English definition of “brief”

brief

adjective (SHORT IN TIME)    /briːf/
B1 lasting only a short time or containing few words: His acceptance speech was mercifully brief. I had a brief look at her report before the meeting. It'll only be a brief visit because we really haven't much time. After a brief spell/stint in the army, he started working as a teacher. The company issued a brief statement about yesterday's accident.Short in timeTemporaryNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive used to express how quickly time goes past: For a few brief weeks we were very happy.Short in timeTemporary
(Definition of brief adjective (SHORT IN TIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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