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BRIEF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does brief mean? 

BRIEF (noun)
  The noun BRIEF has 2 senses:

1. a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
2. a condensed written summary or abstract

  Familiarity information: BRIEF used as a noun is rare.


BRIEF (adjective)
  The adjective BRIEF has 3 senses:

1. of short duration or distance
2. concise and succinct
3. (of clothing) very short

  Familiarity information: BRIEF used as an adjective is uncommon.


BRIEF (verb)
  The verb BRIEF has 1 sense:

1. give essential information to someone

  Familiarity information: BRIEF used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BRIEF (noun)


Sense 1brief [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

brief; legal brief

Hypernyms ("brief" is a kind of...):

instrument; legal document; legal instrument; official document ((law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "brief"):

amicus curiae brief (a brief presented by someone interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but who is not a party to it)


Sense 2brief [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A condensed written summary or abstract

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("brief" is a kind of...):

abstract; outline; precis; synopsis (a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory)


BRIEF (adjective)


Sense 1brief [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of short duration or distance

Synonyms:

brief; little

Context examples:

a brief stay in the country / in a little while / it's a little way away

Similar:

short (primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration)


Sense 2brief [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concise and succinct

Context example:

covered the matter in a brief statement

Similar:

concise (expressing much in few words)


Sense 3brief [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of clothing) very short

Synonyms:

abbreviated; brief

Context examples:

an abbreviated swimsuit / a brief bikini

Similar:

short ((primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length)


BRIEF (verb)


Sense 1brief [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give essential information to someone

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade

Hypernyms (to "brief" is one way to...):

apprise; apprize; instruct (make aware of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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