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- (transitive, intransitive) To make or become brief
- 1897, The Chicago Clinical Review, volume 6, page 594:
- Many of the more striking facts should be briefened in language and laid before the entire medical world.
- 1907, Proceedings at the ... Annual Meeting of the Free Religious Association, volume 40:
- It briefens the creeds; it federates the sects; it seeks for religious unity; it gives itself, with a devotion which may well challenge our respect, to the alleviation of human misery and to the reform of the social and political order.