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.
to work at decoding.
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How to use decode in a sentence
As soon as we have decoded its significance, we will let you know.
By the time the Army decoded the first Venona cable, the flaw had been corrected and KGB communications rendered impenetrable.Soviet-Era Secret Leakers Were Way Worse Than Snowden | Steve Usdin | August 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The rapper's autobiography, Decoded, hits stores Tuesday, but you have no idea who this Jay-Z character is.
When Curlie had decoded the jumbled message he needed only to signal back an answering O. K.On the Yukon Trail | Roy J. Snell
She found herself wishing for a moment that she had never decoded the message.The White Moll | Frank L. Packard
The operation of this display is similar to that of the 16 inch, except that 12 bits are decoded for each axis.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3) | Digital Equipment Corporation
The decoded message turned out not to be as bad as I had imagined.The Misplaced Battleship | Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Dawson read the decoded message through twice, and then looked quietly at Freddy Farmer.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front | R. Sidney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for decode
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 numbers: Compare 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
- decoder, noun
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