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 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 With these, developers will be able to both develop and debug quantum programs implementing quantum algorithms. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft makes play for next wave of computing with quantum computing toolkit," 25 Sep. 2017 JavaScript is also more complex and difficult to debug. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Firefox’s faster, slicker, slimmer Quantum edition now out," 14 Nov. 2017 At the heart of it was a series of demos that tried to show just how primitive the available tools were for various problems—circuit design, computer animation, debugging algorithms—and what better ones might look like. James Somers, The Atlantic, "The Coming Software Apocalypse," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of debug

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Dec 2019

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“Debug.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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