Briefly Brief"ly (br[=e]f"l[y^]), adv. Concisely; in few words. [1913 Webster]

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  • briefly — index pro tempore Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • briefly — c.1300, from BRIEF (Cf. brief) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). As an introduction to a statement, in short, recorded from 1510s …   Etymology dictionary

  • briefly — [[t]bri͟ːfli[/t]] 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with v Something that happens or is done briefly happens or is done for a very short period of time. He smiled briefly... Guerillas captured and briefly held an important provincial capital. 2) ADV GRADED: ADV …   English dictionary

  • briefly — adverb 1. for a short time (Freq. 10) she visited him briefly was briefly associated with IBM • Derived from adjective: ↑brief 2. in a concise manner; in a few words (Freq. 9) the history is summed up concisely in this book …   Useful english dictionary

  • briefly — adverb Date: 14th century 1. a. in a brief way < briefly mentioned > b. in brief < the food, briefly, was awful > 2. for a short time < briefly married > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • briefly — /breef lee/, adv. 1. for a short duration: He stopped over briefly in Chicago. 2. in a few words: Let me explain briefly. 3. in a brief manner; quickly or brusquely: She nodded briefly and began to speak. [1250 1300; ME; see BRIEF, LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • briefly — brief|ly W3S2 [ˈbri:fli] adv 1.) for a short time ▪ We stopped off briefly in London on our way to Geneva. 2.) in as few words as possible ▪ Sonia explained briefly what we had to do. [sentence adverb] ▪ Briefly, I think we should accept their… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • briefly — brief|ly [ brifli ] adverb ** 1. ) in a way that does not take much time or give many details: Tell me briefly what your story is about. a ) used when you are about to say something without many details: Briefly, there are three principal… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • briefly — / bri:fli/ adverb 1 for a short time: We stopped off briefly in London on our way to Geneva. 2 in as few words as possible: Sonia explained briefly what we were to do. (sentence adverb): Briefly, I think we should accept their offer …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • briefly — adverb 1) tell me as briefly as you can Syn: concisely, succinctly 2) Henry paused briefly Syn: momentarily, temporarily, fleetingly 3) briefly, the plot is as follows Syn …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

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