From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbriefbrief1 /briːf/ ●●●S2W2AWL adjective1TIMESHORT TIMEcontinuing for a short time → brevityWe stopped by Alice’s house for a brief visit.Let’s keep this conversation brief; I have a plane to catch.a brief period/moment/spell etcGreene spent a brief time at Cambridge.► see thesaurus at short2SPEECH/LETTERSHORT/NOT LONGusing very few words or including few details → brevityThe president read a brief statement to reporters before boarding his plane.a brief description of the film3 →be brief4CLOTHESSHORT/NOT LONGclothes that are brief are short and cover only a small area of your bodya very brief bikiniCOLLOCATIONSnounsa brief period/timeHe lived there all his life, apart from a brief period during the war.a brief spell (=time)For a brief spell in early summer it is the most beautiful of all the trees.a brief momentThe old lady’s gaze rested on her for a brief moment.a brief visitThe president flew to Argentina for a brief visit.a brief lookHe gave her a brief look.a brief glimpse (=a sight of something that lasts for a short time)From the train I had a brief glimpse of the city.a brief pauseThere was a brief pause before he replied.a brief silenceAfter a brief silence, she made another suggestion.a brief appearanceHe made a brief appearance before reporters outside his Manhattan townhouse.
briefbrief2 ●○○AWL noun [countable]1INSTRUCTIONS[usually singular]officialinstructions that explain what someone’s job is, what their duties are etcThe architect’s brief is to design an extension that is modern but blends with the rest of the building.2SCL law a short spoken or written statement giving facts about a law caseThe ACLU filed a brief (=gave one to the court) opposing the decision.3British English law a law case that a lawyer will argue in a court4a short report about something5 →in brief6 →briefs
brief• The client should then be briefed.• It was clear the witness had been well briefed.• DeGaulle flew back to England to be briefed about the invasion that was about to begin.• A reporter who attempted to cover the meeting was asked to leave but was briefed afterward by project officials on what happened.• Police officers were briefed before going out to arrest the suspects.• Barristers may not be approached directly by most clients: they may only be briefed by solicitors.• At Question Time the PrimeMinister is backed by the civilservants who brief her and try to anticipatesupplementary questions.• Make sure that the PRdepartment are fully briefed on their role.• All teachers were personally briefed on this procedure, which is designed to minimise underreporting of smokingbehaviour.• You'll be picked up from here tomorrow night and briefed on what you have to do.• However, they have not been briefed that in this case the dropzone will be changed at the last minute.brief somebody on something• Congress has been fully briefed on the current situation in Haiti.From Longman Business Dictionarybriefbrief1 /briːf/ noun [countable]1COMMERCEofficial instructions that explain what someone’s job is or what their duties areThe auditor’s brief is to monitor and report upon agencies’ effectiveness.The topic of your talk is specified in advance, and you will be expected to keep to your brief. →creative brief →design brief →watching brief2LAW a document prepared for a lawyer to use when representing a client in a court of law. The brief includes all the details of the case and all the points of law relating to itHis lawyer is still preparing his brief.3British English informalLAW a SOLICITORIt’s time you got yourself a brief.briefbrief2 verb [transitive]1COMMERCEto give someone the information they need about something, for example so that they can do work related to itAllen was in London yesterday to brief investors about the company’s efforts to return to profitability.2LAW to give instructions to a lawyer who will represent a client in courtThe usual action must be taken to retain and brief counsel.→ See Verb table