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Meaning of “brief” in the English Dictionary

"brief" in British English

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briefadjective

uk   us   /briːf/
  • brief adjective (SHORT IN TIME)

B1 lasting only a ​shorttime or ​containing few words: His ​acceptancespeech was ​mercifully brief. I had a brief look at her ​report before the ​meeting. It'll only be a brief visit because we really don't have much ​time. After a brief spell/​stint in the ​army, he ​startedworking as a ​teacher. The ​companyissued a brief statement about yesterday's ​accident. used to ​express how ​quicklytime goes past: For a few brief ​weeks we were very ​happy.

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briefverb

uk   us   /briːf/
[T] to give someone ​detailedinstructions or ​information: We had already been briefed about/on what the ​job would ​entail.
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brief against/in favour of sb/sth [I] UK to make ​information about someone or something ​public, with the ​intention of ​criticizing/​praising him, her, or it: On several ​occasionsgovernmentofficials briefed against ​their own ​ministers.

briefnoun

uk   us   /briːf/
  • brief noun (INSTRUCTIONS)

[C] UK a set of ​instructions or ​information: [+ to infinitive] It was my brief to make ​sure that the ​facts were set down ​accurately. [C] specialized law a ​document or set of ​documentscontaining the ​details about a ​courtcase
  • brief noun (LAWYER)

UK informal a ​lawyer who will ​speak for someone in a ​court of ​law : My brief ​advised me to ​pleadguilty.
(Definition of brief from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brief" in American English

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briefadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /brif/
lasting only a ​shorttime or ​containing few words: Rory had a brief ​career as an ​actor.

briefverb [T]

 us   /brif/
  • brief verb [T] (GIVE INSTRUCTIONS)

to give someone ​instructions or ​information about what to do or say: He is briefing the ​accountexecutives on the new ​airlineaccounts.
(Definition of brief from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"brief" in Business English

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briefnoun [C]

uk   us   /briːf/
WORKPLACE instructions that explain what someone's ​work or ​task is: His brief was to ​streamline the group's ​financialservicesoperation.give sb/prepare a brief We have prepared a brief for a ​fullstudy by a ​consultant.
LAW a ​document that ​shows the facts of a ​legalcase that will be argued by a ​lawyer in a ​court: to prepare/​file/​submit a brief

briefverb [T]

uk   us   /briːf/
to give someone ​information about something: Managers were ​touring the US to brief ​investors on last week's ​interimresults.
WORKPLACE to explain someone's ​work or ​task to them: It's my ​job to brief ​volunteers beforehand and explain what their ​responsibilities are.
LAW to tell a ​lawyer the facts of a ​legalcase that he or she will argue in ​court
(Definition of brief from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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