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English definition of “briefly”

briefly

adverb uk   /ˈbriːf.li/ us  

briefly adverb (SHORT TIME)

B1 for a short time: We chatted briefly about the weather.Short in timeTemporary

briefly adverb (FEW WORDS)

using few words or without giving a lot of details: Briefly, the company needs to cut its expenditure.Not saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive
(Definition of briefly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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