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unscramble

[uhn-skram-buh l] /ʌnˈskræm bəl/
verb (used with object), unscrambled, unscrambling.
1.
to bring out of a scrambled condition; reduce to order or intelligibility.
2.
Also, descramble. to make (a scrambled radio or telephonic message) comprehensible by systematically tuning the receiver to the frequencies used in transmission.
Compare decode (def 2).
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; un-2 + scramble
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  • It will allow you to unscramble the solution to a partially completed puzzle.
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British Dictionary definitions for unscramble

unscramble

/ʌnˈskræmbəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to resolve from confusion or disorderliness
2.
to restore (a scrambled message) to an intelligible form
Derived Forms
unscrambler, noun
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Word Origin and History for unscramble
v.

"restore to order," 1923, from un- (2) + scramble (v.). The original notion probably is from the old retort about the impossibility of unscrambling eggs. Related: Unscrambled; unscrambling.

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