[ dee-kohd ]
/ diˈkoʊd /

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.

Origin of decode

First recorded in 1895–1900; de- + code Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decoding


/ (diːˈkəʊd) /


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

decoder, noun
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