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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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  • With a fork, dip each piece of fish into beer batter, then lift out and let drain briefly.
  • Return to pan and simmer briefly with a pinch of sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • briefly knead dough with dough hook or on a lightly floured board to expel air.
  • Lift out, let cool briefly, then pull off and discard skin.
  • Or roll the scapes in olive oil, then throw them onto the barbecue grill briefly.
  • Memory for the order of briefly presented numerals in humans as a function of practice.
  • He briefly joined a club team, but the level of play was so primitive he soon lost interest and turned to coaching swimming.
  • Ten years later he was briefly ousted from power, only to return in triumph less than two days later.
  • The book sketches briefly the activities of many people who have found ways to improve the lives of others.
  • He briefly gave me to understand that on that point my judgment was sound.
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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