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: to interrogate (someone, such as a pilot) usually upon return (as from a mission) in order to obtain useful information
The hostages were later debriefed by police.
: to carefully review upon completion
debrief the flight
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1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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: to officially question (someone) about a job that has been done or about an experience
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alleviating pain or harshness
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