- To debrief is defined as to ask a series of questions about something that happened, such as a mission or an event that occurred.
When you interview a witness to a crime and ask a series of questions about what occurred, this is an example of a time when you debrief the witness.
debrief definition by Webster's New World
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
Origin: de- plush brief
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- debriefing noun
debrief definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb de·briefed, de·brief·ing, de·briefs
- To question to obtain knowledge or intelligence gathered especially on a military mission.
- To instruct (a government agent, for example) not to reveal classified or secret information after employment has ceased.