Etymology
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briefly (adv.)

c. 1300, from brief (adj.) + -ly (2). As an introduction to a statement, "in short," recorded from 1510s.

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Definitions of briefly

briefly (adv.)
for a short time;
was briefly associated with IBM
she visited him briefly
briefly (adv.)
in a concise manner; in a few words;
she replied briefly
briefly, we have a problem
Synonyms: concisely / shortly / in brief / in short
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