Definition of "decode" []

  • To convert from code into plain text. (verb-transitive)
  • To convert from a scrambled electronic signal into an interpretable one. (verb-transitive)
  • To extract the underlying meaning from: decode a complex literary text. (verb-transitive)
  • To convert (a message, text, etc) from code into ordinary language (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To convert (coded characters) from one form to another, as from binary-coded decimals to decimal numbers (verb)
  • To convert (a coded electrical signal) into normal analogue components (verb)
  • To analyse and understand the construction of words and phrases, esp in a foreign language (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "decode" in a sentence
  • "As 1080p decode is by far the most silicon-intensive thing any device will have to do, short of gaming or transcoding movies, any device that can do it can replace your computer for most purposes IF it can drive a bigger screen."
  • "The question he must decode is is it better to risk losing or select Hillary."
  • "Oh dear, now we’re in to "Ben’s diary page that took forever to decode is the equal in importance of the blast door map" territory."