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I went to China for a brief working visit, and I thought that Shanghai was interesting, but Beijing totally grabbed me.
Marcus Brigstocke

Meaning of "brief" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BRIEF

From Old French bref, from Latin brevis; related to Greek brakhus.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BRIEF

brief  [briːf] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BRIEF

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Brief is a verb and can also act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb brief in English.

WHAT DOES BRIEF MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Brief

Brief or briefs may refer to: Documents ▪ A letter ▪ Papal brief, a papal letter less formal than a bull, sealed with the pope's signet ring or stamped with the device borne on this ring ▪ Design brief, a type of educational or business document including desires and requirements ▪ Brief, a type of educational or business document including desires and requirements ▪ Brief, a number of formal document types Computing ▪ A firefox extension for RSS ▪ Brief, a popular text editor for the MS-DOS operating system ▪ BRIEF, an acronym for Binary Robust Independent Elementary Features, a visual feature descriptor Word usage in English ▪ Mission briefing, a conference before a major event to announce/agree upon the major information and actions necessary to complete the mission ▪ "News in brief", a short-summary format of news items in a news publication or broadcast ▪ "Brief", northern English slang for an event ticket e.g.

Definition of brief in the English dictionary

The first definition of brief in the dictionary is short in duration. Other definition of brief is short in length or extent; scanty. Brief is also abrupt in manner; brusque.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BRIEF

PRESENT

Present
I brief
you brief
he/she/it briefs
we brief
you brief
they brief
Present continuous
I am briefing
you are briefing
he/she/it is briefing
we are briefing
you are briefing
they are briefing
Present perfect
I have briefed
you have briefed
he/she/it has briefed
we have briefed
you have briefed
they have briefed
Present perfect continuous
I have been briefing
you have been briefing
he/she/it has been briefing
we have been briefing
you have been briefing
they have been briefing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I briefed
you briefed
he/she/it briefed
we briefed
you briefed
they briefed
Past continuous
I was briefing
you were briefing
he/she/it was briefing
we were briefing
you were briefing
they were briefing
Past perfect
I had briefed
you had briefed
he/she/it had briefed
we had briefed
you had briefed
they had briefed
Past perfect continuous
I had been briefing
you had been briefing
he/she/it had been briefing
we had been briefing
you had been briefing
they had been briefing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will brief
you will brief
he/she/it will brief
we will brief
you will brief
they will brief
Future continuous
I will be briefing
you will be briefing
he/she/it will be briefing
we will be briefing
you will be briefing
they will be briefing
Future perfect
I will have briefed
you will have briefed
he/she/it will have briefed
we will have briefed
you will have briefed
they will have briefed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been briefing
you will have been briefing
he/she/it will have been briefing
we will have been briefing
you will have been briefing
they will have been briefing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would brief
you would brief
he/she/it would brief
we would brief
you would brief
they would brief
Conditional continuous
I would be briefing
you would be briefing
he/she/it would be briefing
we would be briefing
you would be briefing
they would be briefing
Conditional perfect
I would have brief
you would have brief
he/she/it would have brief
we would have brief
you would have brief
they would have brief
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been briefing
you would have been briefing
he/she/it would have been briefing
we would have been briefing
you would have been briefing
they would have been briefing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you brief
we let´s brief
you brief
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to brief
Past participle
briefed
Present Participle
briefing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BRIEF


debrief
diːˈbriːf
grief
ɡriːf
kharif
kəˈriːf
Mazar-e-Sharif
ˈmæzaː iː ʒəˈriːf
Mazar-i-Sharif
ˈmæzaː iː ʒəˈriːf
overbrief
ˌəʊvəˈbriːf
reef
riːf
reif
riːf
repriefe
rɪˈpriːf
sharif
ʃæˈriːf
shereef
ʃeˈriːf
sherif
ʃɛˈriːf
stouthrief
ˈstuːθˌriːf
Tenerife
ˌtɛnəˈriːf

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BRIEF

bridle path
bridle track
bridler
bridleway
bridlewise
bridoon
brie
briefcase
briefer
briefing
briefing paper
briefless
briefly
briefness
briefs
brier
brier rose
brierroot
brierwood
briery

WORDS THAT END LIKE BRIEF

belief
car thief
come to grief
commander in chief
commander-in-chief
disaster relief
disbelief
editor in chief
editor-in-chief
fire chief
handkerchief
in brief
in chief
lief
mischief
pain relief
police chief
relief
thief
tune someone grief

Synonyms and antonyms of brief in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BRIEF»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «brief» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of brief

Translation of «brief» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BRIEF

Find out the translation of brief to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of brief from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «brief» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

简短的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

breve
570 millions of speakers

English

brief
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

संक्षिप्त
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

وَجيز
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

недолгий
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

breve
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সংক্ষিপ্ত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

bref
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ringkas
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

kurz
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

短い
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

잠시의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Singkat
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ngắn gọn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சுருக்கமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

संक्षिप्त
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kısa
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

breve
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zwięzły
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

короткий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

scurt
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σύντομος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kort
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

kort
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kort
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of brief

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BRIEF»

The term «brief» is very widely used and occupies the 3.927 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BRIEF» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «brief» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «brief» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about brief

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10 QUOTES WITH «BRIEF»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word brief.
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John Abraham
My greatest strength as an actor is that I follow my director's brief completely. The film is always the director's visual baby.
2
Theodor Adorno
In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.
3
Fredrik Bajer
To read the report of a discussion in which arguments for and against are presented, in which a subject has been covered from different points of view, with new ideas advanced - this is far more instructive than to read a brief account of the resolution passed on the matter.
4
Kage Baker
A generation before, it had been sagebrush and coyotes; a generation later, it was a burgeoning movie town. But for that brief idyllic time in 1910, Hollywood looked like the perfect place for a successful writer to settle down, build his dream house, and maybe do some gardening.
5
Hosea Ballou
Never be so brief as to become obscure.
6
E. T. Bell
Out of fifty mathematical papers presented in brief at such a meeting, it is a rare mathematician indeed who really understands what more than half a dozen are about.
7
Omar Bongo
In brief, Western democracy, as other political models, is not exportable to all regions of the world.
8
Marcus Brigstocke
I went to China for a brief working visit, and I thought that Shanghai was interesting, but Beijing totally grabbed me.
9
William C. Bryant
And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief, and the year smiles as it draws near its death.
10
Mika Brzezinski
I am a marathon worker and marathon mother. I'll spend three or four days completely swallowed up by work. And if I make it home in time to say good night, I may have one good hour with the girls, maybe a brief family dinner or a family walk with the dog, and then it is back on the computer to prepare for tomorrow's shows.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BRIEF»

Discover the use of brief in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to brief and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
A Brief History of Neoliberalism
David Harvey, author of 'The New Imperialism' and 'The Condition of Postmodernity', here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage.
David Harvey, 2005
2
A Brief History of American Sports
For this new edition, the authors have updated the book to include discussion of performance-enhancing drugs; player salaries, unions, and the business of internationalizing sport; Title IX and gender in American sports; race, especially ...
Elliott J. Gorn, Warren Jay Goldstein, 1993
3
A Brief History of Citizenship
An introductory survey of the history of the principles and practice of citizenship, based on the premise that the current conditions and debates about citizenship cannot be fully understood without a knowledge of the historical background ...
Derek Benjamin Heater, 2004
4
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. 100,000 first printing.
Junot Díaz, 2007
5
Brief Calculus: An Applied Approach
This brief book emphasizes integrated and engaging applications that show students the real-world relevance of topics and concepts.
Ron Larson, 2012
6
American Corrections in Brief
The brief paperback nature of this book makes it more approachable, and the well-respected author team has added several key pedagogical elements to help ensure students success.
Todd Clear, George Cole, Michael Reisig, 2011
7
A Brief History of Psychology
Due to its brevity and engaging style, the book is often used in introductory courses to introduce students to the field. The enormous index and substantial glossary make this volume a useful desk reference for the entire field.
Michael Wertheimer, 2012
8
Brief Applied Calculus
Featuring a wide range of applications designed to motivate students with a variety of interests, clear examples detailing important mathematical processes, and a vast collection of exercises appropriate for students with disparate skill ...
James Stewart, Daniel Clegg, 2011
9
A Brief History of Time
Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and ...
Stephen Hawking, 2011
10
Making Medicines: A Brief History of Pharmacy and ...
Numerous photographs are also included in the text. Written by an expert in the field, this book will appeal to pharmacists and pharmacy students, as well as to other healthcare practitioners and medical historians.
Stuart Anderson, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BRIEF»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term brief is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Greek referendum: smart response from Tsipras, but triumph may be …
... more than simply removing Varoufakis, such is the ill-feeling towards Greece. Marsh, for one, thinks Tsipras's moment of triumph will be brief. «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
Oklahoma Innocence Project Files Court Brief In Hopes To Free …
Oklahoma City University Law School students and their advisor filed the brief in June in support of Willard O'Neal. O'Neal was convicted in a ... «News On 6, Jul 15»
3
News in Brief
Three men were gored and ten others taken to hospital on the first day of Pamplona's week-long San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish ... «RTE.ie, Jul 15»
4
Monday's Sports In Brief
WIMBLEDON. LONDON — Serena Williams extended her mastery over big sister Venus, and kept alive her bid for Grand Slam history. «Washington Post, Jul 15»
5
A brief guide to … Andrea Pirlo, the ultimate hipster footballer
With the Guardian's unstoppable rise to global dominance (NOTE: actual dominance may not be global. Or dominant) we at Guardian US ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
6
Entertainment news in brief
Menzel starting N. America tour NEW YORK - Idina Menzel, who has crossed over from the Broadway stage to the Billboard charts, is still ... «Colorado Springs Gazette, Jul 15»
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Giving Some Rope: A Brief History Of Tensions Between Politicians …
Hillary Clinton's campaign took the term "wrangling the press" to a whole new level this weekend when it literally used a rope to control ... «NPR, Jul 15»
8
A Brief History Of Gonzalo Higuaín Being A Choke Artist
Just when we thought Lionel Messi would finally end Argentina's trophy drought and in the process get those dumb doubters from his native ... «Deadspin, Jul 15»
9
Pluto probe working "flawlessly" after brief scare
After a computer glitch Saturday that briefly knocked NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons probe offline, the spacecraft is out of "safe mode" and ... «CBS News, Jul 15»
10
BRIEF-LVenture Group signs cooperation agreement with Italian …
July 7 LVenture Group SpA : * Signs cooperation agreement with Italian Brand Factory for co-investments in Made in Italy startups Source text: ... «Reuters, Jul 15»

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