Definition of brief verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    brief

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//briːf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːf//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brief
    BrE BrE//briːf//
     
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    he / she / it briefs
    BrE BrE//briːfs//
     
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    past simple briefed
    BrE BrE//briːft//
     
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    past participle briefed
    BrE BrE//briːft//
     
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    -ing form briefing
    BrE BrE//ˈbriːfɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1to give somebody information about something so that they are prepared to deal with it brief somebody I expect to be kept fully briefed at all times. brief somebody on/about something The officer briefed her on what to expect. Each member of my crew took it in turn to brief me on his particular duties. The men have been fully briefed about the intended mission. compare debrief
  2. 2brief somebody (to do something) (British English, law) to give a lawyer, especially a barrister, the main facts of a legal case so that it can be argued in court
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French brief, from Latin brevis ‘short’. The noun is via late Latin breve ‘note, dispatch’, hence ‘an official letter’.
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