briefly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

brief +‎ -ly, perhaps a calque of Old French briement

Pronunciation[edit]

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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. (speech act) 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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