de-cipher

decipher

[dih-sahy-fer]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make out the meaning of (poor or partially obliterated writing, etc.): to decipher a hastily scribbled note.
2.
to discover the meaning of (anything obscure or difficult to trace or understand): to decipher hieroglyphics.
3.
to interpret by the use of a key, as something written in cipher: to decipher a secret message.
4.
Obsolete. to depict; portray.

Origin:
1520–30; translation of Middle French déchiffrer. See de-, cipher

decipherable, adjective
decipherability, noun
decipherer, noun
decipherment, noun
undecipherable, adjective
undecipherably, adverb
undeciphered, adjective


2. comprehend, solve, unravel, explain.
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decipher (dɪˈsaɪfə)
 
vb
1.  to determine the meaning of (something obscure or illegible)
2.  to convert from code into plain text; decode
 
de'cipherable
 
adj
 
deciphera'bility
 
n
 
de'cipherer
 
n
 
de'cipherment
 
n

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decipher
1520s, from de- + cipher.
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