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decipher

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verb de·ci·pher \dē-ˈsī-fər\

Simple Definition of decipher

  • : to find the meaning of (something that is difficult to read or understand)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of decipher

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  decode 1a

  3. 2 obsolete :  depict

  4. 3 a :  to make out the meaning of despite indistinctness or obscurity b :  to interpret the meaning of

decipherable play \-f(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
decipherer play \-fər-ər\ noun
decipherment play \-fər-mənt\ noun

Examples of decipher in a sentence

  1. I couldn't decipher his sloppy handwriting.

  2. <we deciphered the hidden message to find out when we were supposed to meet>



1545

First Known Use of decipher

1545

Rhymes with decipher


DECIPHER Defined for Kids

decipher

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verb de·ci·pher \dē-ˈsī-fər\

Definition of decipher for Students

deciphereddeciphering

  1. 1 :  to translate from secret or mysterious writing :  decode

  2. 2 :  to make out the meaning of something not clear <I can't decipher her sloppy handwriting.>





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