unscramble

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

Definition of unscramble

transitive verb

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

Other Words from unscramble

unscrambler \ ˌən-​ˈskram-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce unscramble (audio) \ 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 In ransomware attacks, cybercriminals encrypt an organization's data and then demand payment to unscramble it. CBS News, 14 Feb. 2022 The number of ransomware attacks, in which cybercriminals secretly encrypt an organization's data and then demand payment to unscramble it, has surged in recent years. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 21 Oct. 2021 Ransomware attacks, in which cyber criminals encrypt an organization’s data and then demand payment to unscramble it, are a growing scourge in the United States. Michelle Chapman, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 It was hit by what Colonial called a ransomware attack, in which hackers typically lock up computer systems by encrypting data, paralyzing networks, and then demand a large ransom to unscramble it. Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2021 What might seem like a scientific bonanza, however, can quickly turn into an Apatosaurus-sized headache for experts trying to unscramble the details of prehistory from these osteological accumulations. Riley Black, Scientific American, 10 May 2021 Multiple sources confirmed to The Associated Press that Colonial Pipeline had paid the criminals who committed the cyberattack a ransom of nearly $5 million in cryptocurrency for the software decryption key required to unscramble their data network. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 Multiple sources confirmed to The Associated Press that Colonial Pipeline had paid the criminals who committed the cyberattack a ransom of nearly $5 million in cryptocurrency for the software decryption key required to unscramble their data network. Associated Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, 15 May 2021 It was hit by what Colonial called a ransomware attack, in which hackers typically lock up computer systems by encrypting data and paralyzing networks, then demand a large ransom to unscramble it. CBS News, 10 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unscramble

circa 1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 17 May. 2022.

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unscramble

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

Kids Definition of unscramble

: to make orderly or clear again If you unscramble the letters they spell a word.

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