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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
brief (adjective)
1.
short in duration, extent, or length
2.
a) - concise
b) - curt abrupt
brief (noun)
1.
a) an official letter or mandate , especially a papal letter less formal than a bull
b) a specific instruction or responsibility - his brief was to strengthen the army
2.
a) a concise article
b) - synopsis summary
c) a concise statement of a client's case made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law
3.
an outline of an argument , especially a formal outline especially in law that sets forth the main contentions with supporting statements or evidence
4.
short snug pants or underpants
brief (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to make an abstract or abridgment of
2.
a) to give final precise instructions to
b) to coach thoroughly in advance
c) to give essential information to
3.
to discuss (as a military operation) in a - briefing briefed the mission
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
brief (adjective)
1.
marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning
SYNONIMS:
aphoristic, apothegmatic, brief, capsule, compact, compendious, crisp, curt, elliptical ( elliptic), epigrammatic, laconic, monosyllabic, pithy, sententious, succinct, summary, telegraphic, terse, thumbnail
RELATED WORDS:
abrupt, blunt, brusque ( brusk), short, snippety, snippy; abbreviated, abridged, condensed, curtailed, shortened; meaty, substantial; meaningful, significant; well-turned
NEAR ANTONYMS:
pleonastic, redundant, repetitious, tautological, tautologous; enlarged, expanded, supplemented; embellished, embroidered, exaggerated, inflated
circuitous, circumlocutory, diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, verbose, windy, wordy
brief (adjective)
2.
not lasting for a considerable time
SYNONIMS:
brief, fast, little
RELATED WORDS:
shortish; abbreviated, abridged, curtailed, cut-back, shortened, syncopated; compact, condensed; abrupt, sudden; ephemeral, fleeting, momentary, short-lived, transient, transitory; impermanent; compendious, concise, crisp, epigrammatic, laconic, pithy, succinct, summary, terse; short-range, short-term
NEAR ANTONYMS:
endless, everlasting, interminable, persistent, unending; longish, overlong, prolonged, protracted; permanent; enlarged, expanded, supplemented; long-range, long-term
extended, far, great, lengthy, long, long-drawn-out ( long-drawn), long-lived
brief (adjective)
3.
lasting only for a short time
SYNONIMS:
brief, deciduous, ephemeral, evanescent, flash, fleeting, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, passing, short-lived, temporary, transient, transitory
RELATED WORDS:
little, short, shortish; acting, interim, provisional, short-term
NEAR ANTONYMS:
lifelong; continuing, durable, persistent; imperishable, indefectible, indestructible
ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, enduring, eternal, everlasting, immortal, lasting, long-lived, permanent, perpetual, timeless, undying, unending
brief (noun)
1.
a short statement of the main points
SYNONIMS:
abstract, breviary, brief, capsule, conspectus, digest, encapsulation, epitome, inventory, outline, précis, recap, recapitulation, résumé ( resume resumé), roundup, rundown, run-through, sum, summa, summarization, summing-up, sum-up, synopsis, wrap-up
RELATED WORDS:
abbreviation, abridgment ( abridgement), compend, compendium, condensation, curtailment, shortening; simplification, streamlining; rehash, reprise; conclusion, epilogue ( epilog)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
amplification, enlargement, expansion; addendum, supplement
brief (noun)
2.
a specific task with which a person or group is charged
SYNONIMS:
assignment, brief, business, charge, detail, job, operation, post
RELATED WORDS:
burden, chore, duty, need, obligation, office, requirement, responsibility; errand, labor, work; commitment, pledge, promise; appointment, commission, designation, nomination; compulsion, constraint, restraint
brief (verb)
1.
to give information to
SYNONIMS:
acquaint, advise, apprise, brief, catch up, clear, clue (in), familiarize, fill in, hip, inform, instruct, tell, verse, wise (up)
RELATED WORDS:
advertise, alert, notify; announce (to), disclose (to); assure, certify, convince, reassure, warrant; educate, lecture, school, teach, tutor; disabuse, disenchant, disillusion, undeceive
NEAR ANTONYMS:
misinform, mislead
brief (verb)
2.
to make into a short statement of the main points (as of a report)
SYNONIMS:
abstract, boil down, brief, digest, encapsulate, epitomize, outline, recap, recapitulate, reprise, sum up, synopsize, wrap up
RELATED WORDS:
abridge, condense, curtail, cut back, shorten; downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; decoct, essentialize; simplify, streamline
NEAR ANTONYMS:
elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; amplify, elaborate (on upon), enlarge (on upon), expand, supplement
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