Definition of briefly in English:



  • 1For a short time; fleetingly.

    ‘he worked briefly as a lawyer’
    • ‘Last week when I briefly met the PM, he seemed an enormously satisfied man basking in the accolades of having made " history ".’
    • ‘After we chatted briefly, she rang a bell and summoned Jacinta, her Spanish maid.’
    • ‘Boies had been able to come back to Quebec briefly for Mia's birth.’
    • ‘A man arrested for a spree of killings and other violent crimes appeared briefly in a packed courtroom here yesterday.’
    • ‘An expression combining fury, frustration and resignation would briefly appear, like a small cloud across the sun.’
    • ‘Young appears only briefly in the film.’
    • ‘At the restaurant they must wait briefly for a table, and they sit at the big oak bar.’
    • ‘Grill the steaks briefly, salting them as they cook.’
    • ‘Using the free end of the second connecting wire, briefly touch the positive lead on the power supply.’
    • ‘Darcy snorted briefly, his mouth twitching.’
    • ‘In the late 1930s, he briefly attended Tuskegee Institute before he was expelled for bootlegging.’
    • ‘There's no shortage of drop-dead titles that strutted bravely but briefly and are heard no more.’
    • ‘She also worked briefly for The Bostonian.’
    • ‘She brings the distant briefly close above his dreamy abstract stare.’
    • ‘His eyelids flickered briefly, and he mumbled something I couldn't quite catch.’
    • ‘George exhaled deeply and leaned against the wall, briefly looking away before gazing back at Becky apologetically.’
    • ‘Sarah sighs briefly, shaking her head and watching Daimon.’
    • ‘When I chat briefly to Mareko backstage at the gig later that night, he too is modest and friendly.’
    • ‘We end by looking briefly at tools of the trade.’
    • ‘The rider returned to Puerto Rico briefly in early September following an accident on July 23 at Del Mar in which fellow rider Alex Solis was injured.’
    in short, in brief, to put it briefly, to cut a long story short, in a word, to sum up, in sum, to come to the point, in a nutshell, to put it in a nutshell, in essence, in outline
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    1. 1.1 Using few words; concisely.
      ‘as I briefly mentioned earlier’
      sentence adverb ‘briefly, the plot is as follows …’
      • ‘The following paragraphs briefly review the factors' limitations.’
      • ‘The bill has a number of features, and I will speak briefly on a couple of them.’
      • ‘Then I will describe briefly the history, beliefs, and practices of SGI.’
      • ‘Evaluations of the two programs are briefly described below.’
      • ‘Let me return briefly to the huge, above-forecast tax gain included in the supplementary estimates.’
      • ‘Deuteronomy 29: 23 briefly recalls the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah with brimstone and burning salt.’
      • ‘It is a multi-faceted story and I want to tell it today, briefly, from six different perspectives.’
      • ‘Briefly, two major assumptions were made for the calculation.’
      • ‘We will start by looking at the new rules, and will then consider the old ones more briefly.’
      • ‘The obvious problem of pseudonymity of New Testament books is only briefly considered.’
      • ‘I will briefly summarize some of the main areas of law that are relevant to this case.’
      • ‘In the article in question, Engels outlines briefly the history of the German party.’
      • ‘Allow me to briefly mention these.’
      • ‘This review will deal extensively with this use of the optimization theory and the concept will therefore be briefly discussed.’
      • ‘Let us take these issues briefly in turn.’
      • ‘To the best of my knowledge, on one occasion Gerry Adams briefly stated that we had not achieved self determination.’
      • ‘Ellis also quotes briefly from the letter Jefferson wrote to Roger Weightman days before dying.’
      • ‘This argument is actually borne out by the experience of almost all the countries of South Asia that have been briefly discussed above.’
      • ‘Let me briefly touch on all four.’
      • ‘Toward the end of the council fire the boys will be receptive to the suggestion of a hero tale, simply, briefly told.’
      in short, in brief, to put it briefly, to cut a long story short, in a word, to sum up, in sum, to come to the point, in a nutshell, to put it in a nutshell, in essence, in outline
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