When you translate a message from symbols or code into language, you decode it. British code breakers worked during World War II to decode Germany's coded messages.

You might need to decode a secret message sent by a spy, but some computer scientists also decode the symbols in computer languages into grammatically correct language. Sometimes older people don't understand the lingo that younger people are using — they might ask a grandchild to help them decode lines in a song, for example. When sound engineers translate between analog and digital signals, they also decode.

Definitions of decode

v convert code into ordinary language

decipher, decrypt
convert information into code
Type of:
write differently; alter the writing of

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