debrief

verb 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

  1. Police debriefed the hostages upon their return.

  2. The pilot was debriefed after his flight.

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First Known Use of debrief

1944


DEBRIEF Defined for English Language Learners

debrief

verb

Definition of debrief for English Language Learners

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



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