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[uhn-skram-buh l] /ʌnˈskræm bəl/
verb (used with object), unscrambled, unscrambling.
to bring out of a scrambled condition; reduce to order or intelligibility.
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 of unscramble
1915-20; un-2 + scramble Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for unscramble
  • It will allow you to unscramble the solution to a partially completed puzzle.
  • In another, you unscramble words by sliding the tiles into the right order on the table.
  • Read the clues then unscramble the letters to reveal the water-saving talent tips.
  • unscramble the words and write them on the blank lines.
  • In this animated game, you'll unscramble words to show how much you know about water.
  • unscramble the following words using the clues provided.
British Dictionary definitions for unscramble


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

"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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