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briefly

[breef-lee] /ˈbrif li/
adverb
1.
for a short duration:
He stopped over briefly in Chicago.
2.
in a few words:
Let me explain briefly.
3.
in a brief manner; quickly or brusquely:
She nodded briefly and began to speak.
Origin of briefly
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see brief, -ly
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adv.

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

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