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Definition of brief adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (briefer, briefest)
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  1. 1lasting only a short time; short a brief visit/meeting/conversation a brief pause/silence Mozart's life was brief.
  2. 2using few words a brief description/summary/account Please be brief (= say what you want to say quickly).
  3. 3(of clothes) short and not covering much of the body a brief skirt see also brevity, briefly
  4. Idioms in a few words, without details In brief, the meeting was a disaster. Now the rest of the news in brief.
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