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decipher

verb de·ci·pher \dē-ˈsī-fər\

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

Full Definition of DECIPHER

transitive verb
1
:  decode 1a
2
obsolete :  depict
3
a :  to make out the meaning of despite indistinctness or obscurity
b :  to interpret the meaning of
de·ci·pher·able \-f(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
de·ci·pher·er \-fər-ər\ noun
de·ci·pher·ment \-fər-mənt\ noun

Examples of DECIPHER

  1. I couldn't decipher his sloppy handwriting.
  2. <we deciphered the hidden message to find out when we were supposed to meet>

First Known Use of DECIPHER

1545

Rhymes with DECIPHER

DECIPHERER Defined for Kids

decipher

verb de·ci·pher \dē-ˈsī-fər\
de·ci·pheredde·ci·pher·ing

Definition of DECIPHER for Kids

1
:  to translate from secret or mysterious writing :  decode
2
:  to make out the meaning of something not clear <I can't decipher her sloppy handwriting.>

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