decipher

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verb de·ci·pher \dē-ˈsī-fər\

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


DECIPHER Defined for English Language Learners

decipher

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verb de·ci·pher \dē-ˈsī-fər\

Definition of decipher for English Language Learners

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


DECIPHER Defined for Kids

decipher

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verb de·ci·pher \dē-ˈsī-fər\

Definition of decipher for Students

deciphered

deciphering

  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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