decode

[[t]di͟ːko͟ʊd[/t]]
decodes, decoding, decoded
1) VERB If you decode a message that has been written or spoken in a code, you change it into ordinary language.

[V n] All he had to do was decode it and pass it over...

[V n] The secret documents were intercepted and decoded.

Syn:
2) VERB If you decode something such as a play or a work of art, or someone's behaviour, you manage to understand its meaning or what it implies, although this is not obvious.

[V n] You don't need a Ph.D to decode their work, but they do try to challenge audiences with unconventional material.

3) VERB A device that decodes a broadcast signal changes it into a form that can be displayed on a television screen.

[V n] About 60,000 subscribers have special adapters to receive and decode the signals.


English dictionary. 2008.

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