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adjective brief pronunciation in American English /brif/
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  1. 1
    lasting only for a short time

    Idaho experienced a brief period of population growth during the early nineties.

    a brief visit

    I have a phone call to make. I’ll keep it brief.

  2. 2
    using only a few words

    A brief summary of this article is given here.

    I don’t want to keep you long, so let me be brief.

    1. a.
      not saying much, and so seeming to be rude

      She can be a little brief, but don’t let that upset you.

  3. 3
    not covering much of your body


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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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