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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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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