If something is brief, it’s quick or short. This word is an adjective:
- After a brief delay, our plane left the airport.
- The teacher asked for a brief summary of the reading assignment.
- The meeting was brief. It lasted just fifteen minutes.
- Can we talk for a minute? I’ll be brief.
- During the performance there was a brief intermission. (intermission: a short break for the audience and the performers)
To use this word as an adverb, add "ly" to the end of it:
- My computer briefly stopped working.
- Our boss spoke briefly about what happened in the office last week.
- The movie was briefly interrupted because there was a problem with the projector.
It’s also possible to use "brief" as a verb. In this case, "brief" means to provide information in a condensed (shortened) form:
- The generals were briefed on the situation in Iraq before making plans to add additional troops.
- A spokesperson for the company will brief the press regarding an upcoming merger.
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February 12, 2013