de·​bug | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈbəg How to pronounce debug (audio) \
debugged; debugging; debugs

Definition of debug

transitive verb

1 : to remove insects from
2 : to eliminate errors in or malfunctions of debug a computer program
3 : to remove a concealed microphone or wiretapping device from

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Other Words from debug

debugger noun

Examples of debug in a Sentence

She's been hired to write and debug computer programs. the computer program ran much faster after it was debugged
Recent Examples on the Web Since its April 15 debut, the IRS has been debugging and adding features to the program. Kathleen Pender,, "IRS fixes errors, adds features to tool for getting faster stimulus payments," 26 Apr. 2020 The first four ships in the Freedom-class, including Independence, Fort Worth, and Coronado, had already been relegated to use as test platforms to debug the troubled program. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Requiem for a deadweight: The sad saga of the ‘crappiest’ ship in the Navy," 20 Feb. 2020 That process is ongoing, as the team works to continuously debug the software, ensuring that the final mRNA product is as biological stable and reliable as possible. Alice Park, Time, "Inside the Company That's Hot Wiring Vaccine Research in the Race to Combat the Coronavirus," 2 Feb. 2020 Players engage spatial reasoning and strategic thinking skills, and persistence and debugging pay off to get the blocks to fit just right. Michelle Z. Donahue, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2019," 26 Nov. 2019 Elon Musk is reportedly personally involved in testing out and debugging the advanced driver assist system, which uses a host of cameras and sensors to control the vehicle’s speed, braking, and steering. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot is like Waze on steroids," 6 Nov. 2018 One more thing: The system debugged itself after Bernard’s trip into the Cradle. William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 7 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Les Écorchés' and what lies beneath the surface," 4 June 2018 Disney is about to debug California Adventure to make way for Marvel superheroes. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Disney to add Marvel universe, close A Bug's Land at California Adventure," 21 Mar. 2018 During this hands-on skills competition, each team was challenged to diagnose and debug real-world vehicle problems set up by car by expert instructors from Cuyahoga Community College. Rich Heileman,, "'Chef O' captures restaurant industry award: Around The Town," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of debug

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of debug was in 1944

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“Debug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of debug

technical : to remove the mistakes from (something, such as a computer program)

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