verb (used with object), decoded, decoding.
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), decoded, decoding.
to work at decoding.

1895–1900; de- + code Unabridged
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decode (diːˈkəʊd)
1.  to convert (a message, text, etc) from code into ordinary language
2.  computing Compare encode to convert (coded characters) from one form to another, as from binary-coded decimals to decimal numbers
3.  electronics to convert (a coded electrical signal) into normal analogue components
4.  to analyse and understand the construction of words and phrases, esp in a foreign language

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Word Origin & History

1896, from de- + code. Related: Decoding (1897).
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Example sentences
Scientists now are decoding the blueprint of human life.
Bioscientists have found that decoding entire genomes also meant cultural
  shifts for their profession.
The cells of an organism are nodes in a richly interwoven communications
  network, transmitting and receiving, coding and decoding.
Decoding the platypus genome has long been an important goal for biologists
  seeking to understand the origins of mammal evolution.
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