Briefly meaning

(manner) In a brief manner, summarily.

He covered the subject briefly in his book.

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(duration) For a brief period.

He only worked here briefly.

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(speech act) To be brief, in short.

Briefly, I am not happy about what happened, but no one will be losing their job.

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Origin of briefly

  • brief +‎ -ly, perhaps a calque of Old French briement
    From Wiktionary