1 adv Something that happens or is done briefly happens or is done for a very short period of time.
ADV with v
He smiled briefly..., Guerillas captured and briefly held an important provincial capital.
2 adv If you say or write something briefly, you use very few words or give very few details.
ADV with v
There are four basic alternatives; they are described briefly below.
3 adv You can say briefly to indicate that you are about to say something in as few words as possible.
ADV with cl
Briefly, no less than nine of our agents have passed information to us.
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary
abruptly, briskly, casually, concisely, cursorily, curtly, fleetingly, hastily, hurriedly, in a few words, in a nutshell, in brief, in outline, in passing, momentarily, precisely, quickly, shortly, temporarily
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