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[dee-kohd] /diˈkoʊd/
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.
Origin of decode
1895-1900; de- + code Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for decoding
  • Scientists now are decoding the blueprint of human life.
  • For example, the decoding of the human genome promises major improvements in health care in the years ahead.
  • 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.
  • Substantial facility in the accurate and automatic decoding of words.
  • decoding the platypus genome has long been an important goal for biologists seeking to understand the origins of mammal evolution.
  • Musk immediately said the quick and inexpensive tracking, decoding and writing of genetic code.
  • He must be always on his guard and devote every minute and module of life to the decoding of the undulation of things.
  • His first clue came largely by accident, as he was decoding the protein's amino acid sequence.
  • Extensive comparisons with turbo codes of the same complexity and decoding delay are performed.
British Dictionary definitions for decoding


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 (sense 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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Word Origin and History for decoding



1896, from de- + code. Related: Decoded; decoding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for decoding



Explain: Hans, will you please decode that? (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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