brief - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlebriefing
past tensebriefed
past participlebriefed
  1. 1
    to give someone information about a situation, especially officially
    brief someone on something:

    Members of the committee were briefed on the plan last week.

  2. 2
    legal to give a lawyer, especially a barrister, the facts of a case in order for them to take a case to court
    brief counsel :

    I briefed counsel under the favourable arrangements offered to members of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.