verb (used with object)
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
Synonyms for decipher
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Related Words for decipherabilitysimplicity, brightness, certainty, precision, purity, transparency, lucidity, accuracy, directness, perspicuity, evidence, articulateness, openness, lucidness, perceptibility, palpability, pellucidity, exactness, tangibility, plainness
to determine the meaning of (something obscure or illegible)
to convert from code into plain text; decode
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