brief

brief
I UK [briːf] / US [brɪf] adjective
Word forms "brief":
adjective brief comparative briefer superlative briefest
***
1) lasting only for a short time

Scotland experienced a brief period of population growth during the early nineties.

a brief visit

I have a phone call to make. I'll keep it brief.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used with brief
▪  encounter, glimpse, interlude, moment, nod, pause, period, stay, visit, word
2)
a) using only a few words

A brief summary of this article is given here.

I don't want to keep you long, so let me be brief.

b) not saying much, and so seeming to be rude

She can be a bit brief but don't let that put you off.

3) not covering much of your body

She was wearing the briefest of miniskirts.


II UK [briːf] / US [brɪf] noun [countable]
Word forms "brief":
singular brief plural briefs
*
1) British official instructions to do a job, saying how it should be done

His brief was to write a book on "black holes" for the ordinary reader.

We are confident we will meet all the requirements of the design brief.

2) a document giving the facts of a legal case
3) British informal a lawyer
4) American a short written account of something

a news brief

See:

III UK [briːf] / US [brɪf] verb [transitive]
Word forms "brief":
present tense I/you/we/they brief he/she/it briefs present participle briefing past tense briefed past participle briefed
*
to give someone information about a situation, especially officially
brief someone on something:

Members of the committee were briefed on the plan last week.


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