(third-person singular simple present debuts, present participle debuting, simple past and past participle debuted)
- (chiefly US) to formally introduce, as to the public
- Amalgamated Software Systems debuted release 3.2 in Spring of 2004.
- (intransitive) to make one's initial formal appearance
- Release 3.2 debuted to mixed reviews in Spring of 2004.
From French début, from Middle French, derivative of débuter (“to move, begin”), from dé- + but (“mark, goal”), from Old French but (“aim, goal, end, target”), from Old French butte (“mound, knoll, target”), from Frankish *but (“stump, log”), or from Old Norse bútr (“log, stump, butt”); both from Proto-Germanic *butą (“end, piece”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeud- (“to beat, push”). Cognate with Old English butt (“tree stump”). More at butt.