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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Example sentences
It's too irrelevant and undecipherable to the vast majority of people.
Early handwriting varies in legibility and is sometimes undecipherable.
Electronic files must be rendered unreadable, undecipherable, and unrecoverable.
Agencies should be careful in the use of these editing tools to ensure that
  redacted text is absolutely undecipherable.
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