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    De·code
    /ˌdēˈkōd/

    verb

    • 1. convert (a coded message) into intelligible language: "he put down the phone and decoded the message"

    noun

    • 1. a translation of a coded message: informal "studying reports, poring over decodes"
  2. To decode is to take out of code and put into understandable language. (Its opposite is encode, "to put into coded form".) But dreams may sometimes also be decoded; psychologists often try to decode the images of their patients' dreams so as to understand the emotions behind them.

  3. to discover the meaning of information given in a secret or complicated way: Decoding the paintings is not difficult once you know what the component parts symbolize. Compare encode [ I or T ] language specialized to understand the meaning of a word or phrase in a foreign language in the correct way:

  4. DECODE meaning: 1 : to change (secret messages, documents, etc.) from a set of letters, numbers, symbols, etc., you cannot understand into words you can understand; 2 : to find or understand the true or hidden meaning of (something)

  5. to discover the meaning of information given in a secret or complicated way: Decoding the paintings is not difficult once you know what the component parts symbolize. Compare encode [ I or T ] language specialized to understand the meaning of a word or phrase in a foreign language in the correct way:

  6. 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.

  7. DECODE meaning: 1. to discover the meaning of information given in a secret or complicated way: 2. to understand…. Learn more.

  8. verb /diːˈkəʊd/ /diːˈkəʊd/ Verb Forms decode something to convert something written in code into normal language synonym decipher (1) I was involved in decoding enemy documents. Definitions on the go Look up any word in the dictionary offline, anytime, anywhere with the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary app.

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