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decode

[ dee-kohd ]
/ di藞ko蕣d /
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verb (used with object), de路cod路ed, de路cod路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路cod路ed, de路cod路ing.
to work at decoding.
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Origin of decode

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

decode
/ (di藧藞k蓹蕣d) /

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 forms of decode

decoder, noun
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