Synonyms of brief in English:

brief


See definition of brief

adjective

1‘a brief account of what had happened’

SYNONYMS

concise, succinct, short, thumbnail, to the point, pithy, incisive, short and sweet, crisp, abridged, condensed, compressed, abbreviated, compact, compendious, potted

epigrammatic, aphoristic

laconic, sparing, terse, pointed, curt, clipped, monosyllabic

ANTONYMS

lengthy, long-winded

2‘a brief visit’

SYNONYMS

short, flying, fleeting, hasty, hurried, quick, cursory, perfunctory

temporary, short-lived, momentary, passing, transient, transitory, impermanent, fading, ephemeral, evanescent, fugitive

informal quickie

rare fugacious

ANTONYMS

long

3‘a pair of extremely brief black shorts’

SYNONYMS

skimpy, scanty, revealing, short

low-cut

4‘the boss was rather brief with him’

SYNONYMS

brusque, abrupt, curt, short, blunt, sharp


noun

1‘Kirov had received only a vague brief about his current project’

SYNONYMS

instructions, directions, directives, briefing

information, guidelines, guidance

remit, mandate

informal gen, rundown, low-down

2‘a barrister's brief’

SYNONYMS

summary of the facts, case, argument, contention

dossier

3‘it was only his brief's eloquence that saved him from prison’

SYNONYMS

lawyer, legal representative, solicitor, barrister, counsel, Queen's Counsel, QC, defending counsel

advocate

North American attorney

Irish North American counsellor-at-law

4‘supply them with a brief of our requirements’

SYNONYMS

outline, summary, synopsis, abstract, résumé, precis, sketch, abridgement, digest


verb

1‘council employees were briefed about the decision’

SYNONYMS

inform of, tell about, bring up to date on, update on, notify of, advise of, acquaint with, apprise of, give information about

prepare, prime, instruct, direct, guide

informal give the gen on, give the rundown on, fill in on, gen up on, put in the picture about, clue in on, clue up about, keep up to speed with