- to make out the meaning of (poor or partially obliterated writing, etc.): to decipher a hastily scribbled note.
- to discover the meaning of (anything obscure or difficult to trace or understand): to decipher hieroglyphics.
- to interpret by the use of a key, as something written in cipher: to decipher a secret message.
- Obsolete. to depict; portray.
Origin of decipher
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2. comprehend, solve, unravel, explain.
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Examples from the Web for undecipherable
"And a priest, too, I suppose," said Dalroy in an undecipherable manner.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
There was no mark or initials, save an undecipherable monogram.A Little Girl in Old Detroit
Amanda Minnie Douglas
Captain, will you tell me what your undecipherable document contained?In Search of the Castaways
He stopped, for the undecipherable look had strengthened suddenly.The Bright Messenger
The inscriptions on the oldest tombstones are undecipherable.The Colonial Cavalier
Maud Wilder Goodwin
- to determine the meaning of (something obscure or illegible)
- to convert from code into plain text; decode
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Word Origin and History for undecipherable
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