Definition of “briefly” - English Dictionary

“briefly” in British English

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brieflyadverb

uk /ˈbriːf.li/ us /ˈbriːf.li/

briefly adverb (SHORT TIME)

B1 for a short time:

We chatted briefly about the weather.

More examples

  • She appears briefly in the new Bond film.
  • He was briefly famous in his twenties but then sank into obscurity.
  • He appears briefly towards the end of the film in a cameo role as a priest.
  • She worked briefly as a journalist, but attracted attention as a writer with her stories of village life.
  • He made his living briefly as a newspaper reporter before getting into politics.

(Definition of “briefly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“briefly” in American English

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brieflyadverb

us /ˈbrif·li/

for a short time or using few words:

We chatted briefly about the weather.

(Definition of “briefly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)