verb (used with object), de·cod·ed, de·cod·ing.
- to translate (data or a message) from a code into the original language or form.
- to extract meaning from (spoken or written symbols).
- Television. to unscramble (an electronic signal) so as to provide a video picture for cable subscribers.
verb (used without object), de·cod·ed, de·cod·ing.
- to work at decoding.
- to convert (a message, text, etc) from code into ordinary language
- computing to convert (coded characters) from one form to another, as from binary-coded decimals to decimal numbersCompare encode (def. 2)
- electronics to convert (a coded electrical signal) into normal analogue components
- to analyse and understand the construction of words and phrases, esp in a foreign language