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brief

2 noun
     
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brief2 [countable]
1 [usually singular] official instructions that explain what someone's job is, what their duties are etc:
The 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 case:
The ACLU filed a brief (=gave one to the court) opposing the decision.
3 British English law a law case that a lawyer will argue in a court
4 a short report about something
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in brief

a) in as few words as possible:
We should, in brief, invest heavily in digital systems.
b) without any details:
Here again are today's headlines in brief.
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briefs

[plural]DCC men's or women's underwear worn on the lower part of the body

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