Brief and Tell


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Brief verb – To give information to.
Usage example: the lieutenant briefed his superior officers on the state of the enemy's fortifications

Tell is a synonym for brief. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Brief".
Nearby Words: briefing, briefly, briefed, briefness, briefcase
Synonyms for Brief


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Tell verb – To give information to.
Usage example: tell me, when did you begin playing the violin?

Brief is a synonym for tell in inform topic. Sometimes you can use "Brief" instead the word "Tell" as a verb or a noun.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

guy brief guy tell guy
audience brief audience tell audience
players brief players tell players

Both words in one sentence

  • She even lampshades this later by refusing to tell Eragon anything about the two, and they only have one more brief appearance in the final battle in Inheritance.
  • Series / MythBusters Freak Out: The Narrator has a brief one in the Trombone Revisit episode after hearing Jamie tell J.D.
  • Literature / Flight of the Intruder After a brief court martial, they are told not to tell anybody and returned to duty.
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