Simple Definition of decode
: to change (secret messages, documents, etc.) from a set of letters, numbers, symbols, etc., you cannot understand into words you can understand
: to find or understand the true or hidden meaning of (something)
: to change signals for a radio, television, etc., to a form that can be heard or seen correctly
Full Definition of decode
1 a : to convert (as a coded message) into intelligible form b : to recognize and interpret (an electronic signal)
2 a : decipher 3a b : to discover the underlying meaning of <decode the play's imagery>
Examples of decode
Readers can easily decode the novel's imagery.
I'm trying to decode the expression on her face.
The box decodes the digital signal for your CD player.
First Known Use of decode
Rhymes with decode
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DECODE Defined for Kids
Definition of decode
: to change a message in code into ordinary language
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