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Etymology edit

From Middle English breefly, breffly, brevely, brevelike, breveliche, equivalent to brief +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹiːfli/
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  • Rhymes: -iːfli

Adverb edit

briefly (comparative more briefly, superlative most briefly)

  1. (manner) In a brief manner, summarily.
    He covered the subject briefly in his book.
  2. (duration) For a brief period.
    He only worked here briefly.
  3. To be brief, in short.
    Briefly, I am not happy about what happened, but no one will be losing their job.

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