brief

Something brief is short and to the point. If you make a brief visit, you don't stay long. If you make a brief statement, you use few words. If you wear brief shorts, you are showing a little too much leg.

As a noun, a brief is a condensed summary or abstract, especially a legal summary of a case. Lawyers submit pretrial briefs to the court outlining the witnesses for the prosecution or defense. As a verb, brief means to give essential information to someone — like the President gets briefed on important matters.

Definitions of brief
  1. adjective
    of short duration or distance
    “a brief stay in the country”
    Synonyms:
    short
    primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
  2. adjective
    concise and succinct
    “covered the matter in a brief statement”
    Synonyms:
    concise
    expressing much in few words
  3. adjective
    (of clothing) very short
    “a brief bikini”
    synonyms: abbreviated
    short
    (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
  4. verb
    give essential information to someone
    “The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade”
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    type of:
    apprise, apprize, instruct
    make aware of
  5. noun
    a condensed written summary or abstract
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    type of:
    abstract, outline, precis, synopsis
    a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
  6. noun
    a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
    synonyms: legal brief
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    types:
    amicus curiae brief
    a brief presented by someone interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but who is not a party to it
    type of:
    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
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