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Brief - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Brief' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Brief [ a.]
- Short in duration.
- Concise; terse; succinct.
- Rife; common; prevalent.
- A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words.
- An epitome.
- An abridgment or concise statement of a client's case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the heads or points of a law argument.
- A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2.
2 . Brief [ adv.]
- Briefly.
- Soon; quickly.
3 . Brief [ n.]
- A writ issuing from the chancery, directed to any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their verdict to pronounce sentence.
- A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose.
4 . Brief [ v. t.]
- To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.

Meaning of 'Brief' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . brief [ v]
Meaning (1):
- give essential information to someone
Example in sentence:
  • The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade
2 . brief [ s]
Meaning (2):
- (of clothing) very short
Example in sentence:
  • a brief bikini;
  • an abbreviated swimsuit
Meaning (3):
- of short duration or distance
Example in sentence:
  • a brief stay in the country
Meaning (4):
- concise and succinct
Example in sentence:
  • covered the matter in a brief statement