A writ summoning one to answer to any action. (noun)
To knowledgeably summarize a recent development to some person with decision-making power. (verb)
Examples of word brief
The brief you will be making now will consist of an _introduction_, which states whatever facts and principles are necessary to an understanding of the brief, and the _brief_ itself, which consists of a series of propositions, each supporting your main contention, and each in turn supported by others, which again may each be supported by another series.
Secretary Gates used the term brief pause again in his testimony.
At any rate, without going into that specifically, in February he used the term brief pause.
That, in brief, is the purpose of this little volume, in which Dr. Raper summarizes the results of careful studies, made by himself and Professor Walter Chivers, of the eight-four lynchings of the past five years.
What, in brief, is the operative relation between aesthetic pleasure and criticism?
This, in brief, is the system which has been laid out for us by child experts and educators generally, and the well-to‑do parents of America have accepted it without question as the normal and natural procedure in the upbringing of their children.
Such in brief is the outline of the Indian State as it has emerged through the fifties.
Such in brief is my specification for a genus Americans, whose voice I do not hear.