Definition of encode
1a : to convert (as a body of information) from one system of communication into another; especially : to convert (a message) into codeb : to convey symbolically <the capacity of poetry to encode ideology — J. D. Niles>
2 : to specify the genetic code for
Examples of encode in a sentence
Credit cards are encoded with cardholder information.
a technology that encodes images
First Known Use of encode
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Definition of encode for English Language Learners
: to put (a message) into the form of a code so that it can kept secret
: to put information in the form of a code on (something)
: to change (information) into a set of letters, numbers, or symbols that can be read by a computer
Medical Definition of encode
: to specify the genetic code for <each nucleotide triplet or codon on the mRNA chain encodes a specific amino acid—J. E. Darnell, Jr.>
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