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tr.v. de·bugged, de·bug·ging, de·bugs
1. To remove a hidden electronic device, such as a microphone, from: debug a conference room.
2. To make (a hidden microphone, for example) ineffective.
3. To search for and eliminate malfunctioning elements or errors in: debug a spacecraft before launch; debug a computer program.
4. To remove insects or other small pests from, as with a pesticide.
vb (tr) , -bugs, -bugging or -bugged
1. (Electronics) to locate and remove concealed microphones from (a room, etc)
2. to locate and remove defects in (a device, system, plan, etc)
3. to remove insects from
a. something, esp a computer program, that locates and removes defects in (a device, system, etc)
b. (as modifier): a debug program.
[C20: from de- + bug1]
v.t. -bugged, -bug•ging.
1. to detect and remove defects or errors from: to debug a computer program.
2. to remove electronic bugs from (a room or building).
3. to rid of insect pests.
Past participle: debugged