Definitions for: Decipher


[v] read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"
[v] convert code into ordinary language



Webster (1913) Definition: De*ci"pher, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deciphered; p. pr.
& vb. n. Deciphering.] [Pref. de- + cipher. Formed in
imitation of F. d['e]chiffrer. See Cipher.]
1. To translate from secret characters or ciphers into
intelligible terms; as, to decipher a letter written in
secret characters.

2. To find out, so as to be able to make known the meaning
of; to make out or read, as words badly written or partly
obliterated; to detect; to reveal; to unfold.

3. To stamp; to detect; to discover. [R.]

You are both deciphered, . . . For villains. --Shak.

Synonyms: decode, decrypt, trace

Antonyms: cipher, code, cypher, encipher, encode, encrypt, inscribe, write in code

See Also: read, rewrite

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