de·​brief | \(ˌ)dē-ˈbrēf \

Definition of debrief 

transitive verb

1 : 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.

2 : to carefully review upon completion debrief the flight

Examples of debrief in a Sentence

Police debriefed the hostages upon their return. The pilot was debriefed after his flight.

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No family members or friends of the three freed Americans were on hand for their arrival Thursday due to protocol reasons, an official told CNN, adding the men had to first debrief intelligence officials before heading to their homes. Allie Malloy, CNN, "President Trump welcomes 3 Americans freed by North Korea," 10 May 2018 And the fact that Pompeo has debriefed the president, and the president is going forward with this summit meeting, with all the political risks associated with it. Fox News, "Jonathan Turley: Comey is harming the FBI with tell-all," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of debrief

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of debrief

: to officially question (someone) about a job that has been done or about an experience

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something that serves to warn or remind

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