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English definition of “decode”

decode

verb uk   /diːˈkəʊd/ us    /-ˈkoʊd/
[T] to discover the meaning of information given in a secret or complicated way: Decoding the paintings is not difficult once you know what the component parts symbolize.
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[I or T] specialized language to understand the meaning of a word or phrase in a foreign language in the correct way: Grammatical information helps learners to decode sentences.Codes and decodingSigns, signals and symbolsUnderstanding and comprehending
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