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

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 The architecture needs to be performant, easy to manage and easy to debug. Jaspreet Singh, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 This isn’t like Apple or Microsoft rolling out beta versions of their software for early-adopting users to debug on their own time; a failure of that technology usually can only harm the user. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Staff from the Canadian plant have been spending time with the team from Kuka to debug and refine the manufacturing processes before the equipment is shipped out. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Before heading out on a multiday road trip, try some midrange jaunts to help debug your process and systems. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 Company engineers use this mode to debug microcode before chips are publicly released. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 28 Oct. 2020 Since its April 15 debut, the IRS has been debugging and adding features to the program. Kathleen Pender,, 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, 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, 2 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of debug

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Debug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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