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adjective brief pronunciation in British English /briːf/
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adjectivebrief
comparativebriefer
superlativebriefest
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  1. 1
    lasting only for a short time

    Scotland 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 bit brief but don’t let that put you off.

  3. 3
    not covering much of your body

    She was wearing the briefest of miniskirts.

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