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[breef-lee] /ˈbrif li/
for a short duration:
He stopped over briefly in Chicago.
in a few words:
Let me explain briefly.
in a brief manner; quickly or brusquely:
She nodded briefly and began to speak.
Origin of briefly
1250-1300; Middle English; see brief, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The story of the fall of the Golden Horde may be briefly told.

  • Captain Birch briefly responded on behalf of the Volunteers.

  • The author does not pretend to describe the many public buildings of Melbourne, but briefly to mention such as most impressed him.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
  • Simba briefly indicated the three nearest to act as his assistants.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Before we accompany Joseph to Spain, let us briefly review the condition of Europe at this time.

    Joseph Bonaparte John S. C. Abbott
Word Origin and History for briefly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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