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 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 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, 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, 6 Nov. 2018 One more thing: The system debugged itself after Bernard’s trip into the Cradle. William Lee,, 4 June 2018 Disney is about to debug California Adventure to make way for Marvel superheroes. Scott Craven, azcentral, 21 Mar. 2018

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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