Definition of debrief in English:

debrief

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Question (someone, typically a soldier or spy) about a completed mission or undertaking.

    ‘during his debriefing he exposed two Russian spies’
    ‘together they debriefed their two colleagues’
    • ‘I debriefed him on the mission over Clark Field.’
    • ‘He is safe in Germany this afternoon after being debriefed by his superior officers.’
    • ‘The single most important procedure in this methodology is an effective debriefing.’
    • ‘He has been debriefed by police and taken to a safe house amid fears Hall's underworld associates may target him.’
    • ‘Some of the information came from Embassy personnel debriefings and reports.’
    • ‘The team was debriefed by the company commander and the operations officer as soon as it returned.’
    • ‘He was in Germany in 1945 as part of a special team dedicated to debriefing Nazi scientists and shipping them back to the US.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each SF battalion runs its debriefings in a different manner.’
    • ‘Once there, trainers evaluated every second of the missions during post-flight debriefings.’
    • ‘Back at the Counter Terrorist Unit, Scott Jaeger was waiting to be debriefed.’
    • ‘I proceeded to the tactical operations center and debriefed Lancer 6 as my men refueled and rearmed.’
    • ‘Soldiers want to maintain their equipment and get some chow and rest after a mission, but the mission is not over until participants are debriefed.’
    • ‘In this case, I know for a fact the shooting happened; I debriefed the officer who did most of the ballistic damage, and his supervisor.’
    • ‘The CIA never debriefed him on anything of strategic importance and tried to kill the interest others might have by discrediting him behind his back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since then it has been a nun's missionary home, various forms of home for elderly people, and a place where airmen were debriefed during the second world war.’
    • ‘They should at least write a certification that if somebody comes out of a war zone they need to be debriefed.’
    • ‘He went to the US in October 1992 and spent most of the next year being debriefed by the CIA.’
    • ‘After I exited the aircraft, I stayed on the roof, debriefing the troubleshooters.’
    question, quiz, interview, examine, cross-examine, interrogate, probe, sound out
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noun

  • A series of questions about a completed mission or undertaking.

    • ‘Platoons and companies that conduct rigorous pre-combat inspections, training rehearsals, patrol debriefs, and AARs are laying the foundation of strong discipline.’
    • ‘His notes became crucial during debriefs and filling out patrol reports.’
    • ‘In the debrief, I asked the crew of the lead jet if they had the same problem at the same time, and they said ‘yes.’’
    • ‘We have to be in three hours before flight, and stay one hour after for debriefs and paperwork.’
    • ‘After several debriefs and hours of exploring why the problems occurred, we made several determinations.’
    • ‘As discussed in the debrief, dumping gas would have been the right decision to make.’
    • ‘It was not until after a thorough debrief, and after I had a chance to sit down and think about what actually happened, that I realized how close I had come to starring in a Class-A mishap.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crew debrief brought out some interesting points.’
    • ‘Once I closed and locked the door, the ensuing debrief lasted for 2 hours - which is pretty amazing, considering we only flew one full-up engagement.’
    • ‘Despite one of the most constructive debriefs in my aviation career, I could have done without this flight.’
    • ‘During the flight debrief, the instructor and I identified the following contributing factors to the near-mishap.’
    • ‘Midway through the debrief, we were notified the aircraft battery had gone into a thermal-runaway condition, which is very bad.’
    • ‘After the debrief, I found out I had shut down with 2,100 pounds of fuel remaining - not bad for a shore-based flight.’
    • ‘Throughout the crew debrief, we recalled the many questions that had run through our heads.’
    • ‘At the debrief, I felt good about how the mission unfolded, except for when we first established comms with the beach.’
    • ‘Early in the deployment, we used written reports and oral debriefs with patrol leaders daily.’
    • ‘The centre will include state-of-the-art technology for commanders to oversee the exercises in real time then replay missions in debriefs to personnel.’
    • ‘After admitting to maintenance and the squadron what had happened, as well as conducting a thorough debrief, the jet and I were back flying later that night.’

Pronunciation

debrief

/dēˈbrēf//diˈbrif/