un·​scram·​ble ˌən-ˈskram-bəl How to pronounce unscramble (audio)
unscrambled; unscrambling; unscrambles

transitive verb

: to separate (something, such as a conglomeration or tangle) into original components : resolve, clarify
: to restore (scrambled communication) to intelligible form
unscrambler noun

Examples of unscramble in a Sentence

We weren't able to unscramble the satellite signal. Unscramble the letters ALCEDNRA to spell “CALENDAR.”
Recent Examples on the Web Each puzzle asked the user to unscramble a word and then type the answer into the search bar to solve the exercise and move onto the next puzzle. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 20 Sep. 2023 Are backup copies of your messages automatically encrypted, with no option for the app company to unscramble them? Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2023 At one such event in 2018, the then-relatively-unknown Chinese competitor Yusheng Du unscrambled a 3x3x3 cube in just 3.47 seconds. Jane Starr Drinkard, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2023 Ransomware attacks, in which cybercriminals encrypt an organization's data and then demand payment to unscramble it, are a growing scourge in the U.S. CBS News, 18 Oct. 2021 The explosion in the last year of ransomware, in which cyber criminals encrypt an organization's data and then demand payment to unscramble it, has underscored how gangs of extortionist hackers can disrupt the economy and put lives and livelihoods at risk. Alan Suderman, ajc, 11 Oct. 2021 Similar jumps occurred for other tasks including decoding the International Phonetic Alphabet, unscrambling a word’s letters, identifying offensive content in paragraphs of Hinglish (a combination of Hindi and English), and generating a similar English equivalent of Kiswahili proverbs. Stephen Ornes, Quanta Magazine, 16 Mar. 2023 Because the pixel values within the blocks are themselves not encrypted, Wright explains, extremely determined adversaries could start to identify the blocks and unscramble them to reconstruct part or all of an image (although this would be a difficult and time-consuming task). Harini Barath, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2021 Friday's ruling was no surprise, given Hanen's previous conclusion in a related case that DACA appeared unconstitutional but that ending it would be like trying to unscramble an egg. Bloomberg, Arkansas Online, 18 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unscramble was circa 1920

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“Unscramble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscramble. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​scram·​ble ˌən-ˈskram-bəl How to pronounce unscramble (audio)
: to make orderly or clear again
trying to unscramble a mix-up with the test scores
unscramble a radio message

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