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debrief

[ dee-breef ]
/ diˈbrif /
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verb (used with object)

to interrogate (a soldier, astronaut, diplomat, etc.) on return from a mission in order to assess the conduct and results of the mission.
to question formally and systematically in order to obtain useful intelligence or information: Political and economic experts routinely debrief important defectors about conditions in their home country.
to subject to prohibitions against revealing or discussing classified information, as upon separation from a position of military or political sensitivity.
Psychology. (after an experiment) to disclose to the subject the purpose of the experiment and any reasons for deception or manipulation.

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Origin of debrief

First recorded in 1940–45; de- + brief

OTHER WORDS FROM debrief

de·brief·er, nounde·brief·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for debrief

debrief
/ (diːˈbriːf) /

verb

(of a soldier, astronaut, diplomat, etc) to make or (of his superiors) to elicit a report after a mission or eventCompare brief (def. 13)

Derived forms of debrief

debriefing, noun
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