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 with v If you say or write something briefly, you use very few words or give very few details.

There are four basic alternatives; they are described briefly below.

Syn:
in brief
3) ADV-GRADED: ADV with cl You can say briefly to indicate that you are about to say something in as few words as possible.

Briefly, no less than nine of our agents have passed information to us.


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  • Briefly — Brief ly (br[=e]f l[y^]), adv. Concisely; in few words. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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