Debrief De*brief", v. to interrogate (a person) who has recently experienced an event, to obtain information about that experience; -- used especially of military pilots or diplomatic agents who have just returned from a mission. [PJC]

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  • debrief — [v1] question ask questions, crossexamine, examine, gather intelligence, give the third degree*, grill, interrogate, interview, investigate, probe, put through the wringer*, quiz, work over; concepts 48,53 debrief [v2] silence censor, dummy up*,… …   New thesaurus

  • debrief — obtain information (from someone) at the end of a mission, 1945, from DE (Cf. de ) + BRIEF (Cf. brief) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • debrief — ► VERB ▪ question in detail about a completed mission. DERIVATIVES debriefing noun …   English terms dictionary

  • debrief — [dē brēf′] vt. [ DE + BRIEF] to receive information from (a pilot, emissary, etc.) concerning a flight or mission just completed and, often, to instruct as to restrictions in making this information public debriefing n …   English World dictionary

  • debrief — UK [diːˈbriːf] / US [dɪˈbrɪf] verb [transitive] Word forms debrief : present tense I/you/we/they debrief he/she/it debriefs present participle debriefing past tense debriefed past participle debriefed to get information from someone who has just… …   English dictionary

  • debrief — transitive verb Date: 1945 1. to interrogate (as a pilot) usually upon return (as from a mission) in order to obtain useful information 2. to carefully review upon completion < debrief the flight > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • debrief — debriefer, n. debriefing, n. /dee breef /, v.t. 1. to interrogate (a soldier, astronaut, diplomat, etc.) on return from a mission in order to assess the conduct and results of the mission. 2. to question formally and systematically in order to… …   Universalium

  • debrief — verb Debrief is used with these nouns as the object: ↑participant …   Collocations dictionary

  • debrief — verb a) To question someone after a military mission in order to obtain intelligence. b) To question someone, or a group of people, after the implementation of a project in order to learn from mistakes etc …   Wiktionary

  • debrief — Synonyms and related words: break up, brief, deactivate, demob, demobilize, detach, disband, discharge, disintegrate, dismiss, disorganize, disperse, dissolve, give a briefing, go separate ways, let go, muster out, part, part company, release,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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