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decode

[ dee-kohd ]
/ diˈkoʊd /
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verb (used with object), de·cod·ed, de·cod·ing.

to translate (data or a message) from a code into the original language or form.
to extract meaning from (spoken or written symbols).
Television. to unscramble (an electronic signal) so as to provide a video picture for cable subscribers.

verb (used without object), de·cod·ed, de·cod·ing.

to work at decoding.

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RELATED WORDS

untangle, solve, unravel, translate, interpret, unscramble, break, read, decrypt, crack, unriddle

Nearby words

declutch, declutter, deco, decoct, decoction, decode, decoder, decoherence, decoic acid, decoke, decollate

Origin of decode

First recorded in 1895–1900; de- + code
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British Dictionary definitions for decode

decode

/ (diːˈkəʊd) /

verb

to convert (a message, text, etc) from code into ordinary language
computing to convert (coded characters) from one form to another, as from binary-coded decimals to decimal numbersCompare encode (def. 2)
electronics to convert (a coded electrical signal) into normal analogue components
to analyse and understand the construction of words and phrases, esp in a foreign language
Derived Formsdecoder, noun
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Word Origin and History for decode

decode


v.

1896, from de- + code. Related: Decoded; decoding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper