Definition of debrief in English:

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debrief

Pronunciation: /dēˈbrēf/

verb

[with object]
Question (someone, typically a soldier or spy) about a completed mission or undertaking: together they debriefed their two colleagues (as noun debriefing) during his debriefing, he exposed two Russian spies
More example sentences
  • Once we returned to base camp, we handed any contraband or detainees over to the S2 and debriefed our soldiers, especially those on the assault force.
  • I proceeded to the tactical operations center and debriefed Lancer 6 as my men refueled and rearmed.
  • Every soldier in the patrol knew his mission and post-patrol debriefings began to yield better intelligence because soldiers knew ahead of time what indicators to look for.
Synonyms
cross-examine, interview, interrogate, question, probe, sound out, examine
informal grill, pump

noun

A series of questions about a completed mission or undertaking.
Example sentences
  • I raised these points during our debrief, and we discussed them at length.
  • In our debrief, we discussed crew coordination and the process of deciding to eject.
  • As discussed in the debrief, dumping gas would have been the right decision to make.

Derivatives

debriefer

noun
Example sentences
  • After the debriefer completes the debriefing, he or she has to translate the patrol's answers into a quantifiable report.
  • There's some personal things that are difficult to talk about, but I never felt pressured by my military debriefers to discuss any of that, really.
  • But the debriefers notified their operations officer who in turn reported the situation up the chain of command on June 24.

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Syllabification: de·brief

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