- 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.
Origin of debrief
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Examples from the Web for debriefing
“We did our job,” top organizer Ralph Reed said at a debriefing the day after the election.After a Crushing Defeat, the Religious Right Still Won’t Get It Right
November 11, 2012
He gets choked up when the conversation about the airport “debriefing” reaches this point, this heart of the matter.Man’s Airport Strip Meant to Highlight Intrusive and Ineffective TSA Security
May 9, 2012
- (of a soldier, astronaut, diplomat, etc) to make or (of his superiors) to elicit a report after a mission or eventCompare brief (def. 13)
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Word Origin and History for debriefing
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