Definition of decode
1a : to convert (something, such as a coded message) into intelligible formb : to recognize and interpret (an electronic signal)
2a : decipher 3ab : to discover the underlying meaning of decode the play's imagery
Examples of decode in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of decode from the Web
The scent came about after Becca took a perfume class on how to decode notes during her 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund residency.
Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, both in Germany, have decoded the genome of ancient Egyptians for the first time, with unexpected results.
The patch then decodes those signals into meaningful health information and sends it to users and physicians in an app.
Decoding the Botteghe Storiche Genoa’s tangle of historic shops is notoriously mazelike.
Decoding Dyslexia has chapters in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces.
Much of Riley's presentation focused on decoding many of the symbols engraved on grave markers.
Girlfriends’ guide to romance: Whereas Shore read books to learn to detect a budding romance, Amy Gravino mostly relied on Hollywood to decode the rules of long-term relationships.
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior Alzheimer’s Association staff discuss ways for identifying common behavior triggers and decoding behavioral messages.
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Did You Know?
To decode is to take out of code and put into understandable language. (Its opposite is encode, "to put into coded form".) But dreams may sometimes also be decoded; psychologists often try to decode the images of their patients' dreams so as to understand the emotions behind them. And readers must often decode what a novel or story or poem is telling them, which may require two or three readings. Decipher is often a synonym, though we now use it when talking about reading difficult handwriting.
First Known Use of decode
DECODE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of decode for English Language Learners
: 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
DECODE Defined for Kids
Definition of decode for Students
: to change a message in code into ordinary language
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