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: 1520–30; Related forms
translation of Middle French déchiffrer.
2. comprehend, solve, unravel, explain.