Definition of briefly in English:



  • 1For a short time; fleetingly.

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