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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [breef]
    • /brif/
    • /briːf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [breef]
    • /brif/

Definitions of brief word

  • adjective brief Something that is brief lasts for only a short time. 3
  • adjective brief A brief speech or piece of writing does not contain too many words or details. 3
  • adjective brief If you are brief, you say what you want to say in as few words as possible. 3
  • adjective brief You can describe a period of time as brief if you want to emphasize that it is very short. 3
  • noun plural brief Men's or women's underpants can be referred to as briefs. 3
  • verb brief If someone briefs you, especially about a piece of work or a serious matter, they give you information that you need before you do it or consider it. 3

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Origin of brief

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English bref < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin brevis short; see breve

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Brief


brief popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for brief

verb brief

  • prepare — to put in proper condition or readiness: to prepare a patient for surgery.
  • apprise — When you are apprised of something, someone tells you about it.
  • update — to bring (a book, figures, or the like) up to date as by adding new information or making corrections: to update a science textbook.
  • inform — to give or impart knowledge of a fact or circumstance to: He informed them of his arrival.
  • instruct — to furnish with knowledge, especially by a systematic method; teach; train; educate.

Antonyms for brief

verb brief

  • hide — Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
  • neglect — to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
  • secret — done, made, or conducted without the knowledge of others: secret negotiations.

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