AskDefine | Define decode

Dictionary Definition

decode v : convert code into ordinary language [syn: decrypt, decipher] [ant: encode]

User Contributed Dictionary

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Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To convert from an encrypted form to plain text.
    The cryptographer decoded the secret message and sent the result to the officer.
  2. To figure out something difficult to interpret.
    I finally managed to decode the nearly illegible doctor's prescription.

Translations

To convert from an encrypted form to plain text
To figure out something difficult to interpret

Extensive Definition

Decoding is the reverse of encoding, which is the process of transforming information from one format into another. Information about decoding can be found in the following:
decode in Spanish: Descodificador
decode in Swedish: Avkodning
decode in Chinese: 解密

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

anagram, answer, bottom, break, clear up, crack, cryptanalyze, debug, decipher, decrypt, disentangle, divine, do, dope, dope out, elucidate, explain, fathom, figure out, find out, find the answer, find the solution, get, get right, guess, guess right, have it, hit it, interpret, make out, open the lock, plumb, psych, psych out, puzzle out, ravel, ravel out, render, resolve, riddle, solve, sort out, translate, undo, unfold, unlock, unravel, unriddle, unscramble, untangle, untwist, unweave, work, work out
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