brief - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    British official instructions to do a job, saying how it should be done

    His brief was to write a book on ‘black holes’ for the ordinary reader.

    We are confident we will meet all the requirements of the design brief.

  2. 3
    British informal a lawyer

    Williams asked to see his brief as soon as they arrived at the police station.

  3. 4
    legal a legal case that is given to a lawyer, usually a barrister, to prepare and then argue in court

    Ryland felt somewhat uneasy about accepting the brief.

  4. 5
    American a short written account of something

    a news brief

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