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de·ci·pher

 (dĭ-sī′fər)
tr.v. de·ci·phered, de·ci·pher·ing, de·ci·phers
1. To read or interpret (ambiguous, obscure, or illegible matter).
2. To convert from a code or cipher to plaintext; decode.

de·ci′pher·a·ble adj.
de·ci′pher·er n.
de·ci′pher·ment n.

decipher

(dɪˈsaɪfə)
vb (tr)
1. to determine the meaning of (something obscure or illegible)
2. (Communications & Information) to convert from code into plain text; decode
deˈcipherable adj
deˌcipheraˈbility n
deˈcipherer n
deˈcipherment n

de•ci•pher

(dɪˈsaɪ fər)

v.t.
1. to make out the meaning of (something obscure or difficult to read or understand): I couldn't decipher his handwriting.
2. to interpret by the use of a key, as something written in cipher: to decipher a secret message.
3. Obs. to depict; portray.
[1520–30; Middle French déchiffrer]
de•ci′pher•a•ble, adj.
de•ci`pher•a•bil′i•ty, n.
de•ci′pher•er, n.
de•ci′pher•ment, n.

decipher


Past participle: deciphered
Gerund: deciphering

Imperative
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Present
I decipher
you decipher
he/she/it deciphers
we decipher
you decipher
they decipher
Preterite
I deciphered
you deciphered
he/she/it deciphered
we deciphered
you deciphered
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Present Continuous
I am deciphering
you are deciphering
he/she/it is deciphering
we are deciphering
you are deciphering
they are deciphering
Present Perfect
I have deciphered
you have deciphered
he/she/it has deciphered
we have deciphered
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they have deciphered
Past Continuous
I was deciphering
you were deciphering
he/she/it was deciphering
we were deciphering
you were deciphering
they were deciphering
Past Perfect
I had deciphered
you had deciphered
he/she/it had deciphered
we had deciphered
you had deciphered
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Future
I will decipher
you will decipher
he/she/it will decipher
we will decipher
you will decipher
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Future Perfect
I will have deciphered
you will have deciphered
he/she/it will have deciphered
we will have deciphered
you will have deciphered
they will have deciphered
Future Continuous
I will be deciphering
you will be deciphering
he/she/it will be deciphering
we will be deciphering
you will be deciphering
they will be deciphering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been deciphering
you have been deciphering
he/she/it has been deciphering
we have been deciphering
you have been deciphering
they have been deciphering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been deciphering
you will have been deciphering
he/she/it will have been deciphering
we will have been deciphering
you will have been deciphering
they will have been deciphering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been deciphering
you had been deciphering
he/she/it had been deciphering
we had been deciphering
you had been deciphering
they had been deciphering
Conditional
I would decipher
you would decipher
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we would decipher
you would decipher
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Past Conditional
I would have deciphered
you would have deciphered
he/she/it would have deciphered
we would have deciphered
you would have deciphered
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.decipher - convert code into ordinary language
rewrite - write differently; alter the writing of; "The student rewrote his thesis"
2.decipher - read with difficultydecipher - read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"
read - interpret something that is written or printed; "read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"

decipher

verb
1. decode, crack, solve, understand, explain, reveal, figure out (informal), unravel, suss (out) (slang) I'm still no closer to deciphering the code.
2. figure out, read, understand, interpret (informal), make out, unravel, deduce, construe, suss (out) (slang) I can't decipher these notes.

decipher

verb
1. To make understandable:
Archaic: enucleate.
Idiom: put into plain English.
2. To find a solution for:
Informal: dope out, figure out.
3. To find the key to (a code, for example):
Translations
يَحُلُّ رُموزيَفْهَمُ
rozluštitdešifrovat
dechifreredekodeforståtyde
ratkaistatavata
kibetûzmegold
ráîa fram úr, lesa úr
išskaityti
atšifrētsalasīt
anlamakçözmekdeşifre etmek

decipher

[dɪˈsaɪfəʳ] VT (lit, fig) → descifrar

decipher

[dɪˈsaɪfər] vtdéchiffrer

decipher

vt (lit, fig)entziffern

decipher

[dɪˈsaɪfəʳ] vtdecifrare

decipher

(diˈsaifə) verb
1. to translate (writing in code) into ordinary, understandable language. They deciphered the spy's letter.
2. to make out the meaning of (something which is difficult to read). I can't decipher his handwriting.

decipher

vt. descifrar, resolver un problema.
References in classic literature ?
But these traces, and such hieroglyphics, or, to be more exact pictographs, as I have been able to decipher from the old documents, tell of one country, or perhaps it was only a city, over which this great golden idol of Quitzel presided.
But there is no Champollion to decipher the Egypt of every man's and every being's face.
An immediate interest kindled within me for the unknown Catherine, and I began forthwith to decipher her faded hieroglyphics.
Without doubt it is safe, for no one beyond ourselves can decipher it; but shall we always be able to decipher it--or, I ought to say, will she?
Four maidens, Rowena leading the choir, raised a hymn for the soul of the deceased, of which we have only been able to decipher two or three stanzas:
Except the knowledge of blazons, that enables me to decipher them, I am very ignorant of heraldry -- I, a count of a fresh creation, fabricated in Tuscany by the aid of a commandery of St.
Henri's exercise, and, spectacles on nose, I endeavoured to decipher in her countenance her sentiments at the omission.
At last, however, by touching a secret spring, an inner compartment will open -- a roll of paper appears -- you seize it -- it contains many sheets of manuscript -- you hasten with the precious treasure into your own chamber, but scarcely have you been able to decipher 'Oh
Casual curiosity prompted me to decipher them, but what I read carried no immediate meaning to my mind.
Africa is, at length, about to surrender the secret of her vast solitudes; a modern OEdipus is to give us the key to that enigma which the learned men of sixty centuries have not been able to decipher.
For him who understands how to decipher them, armorial bearings are algebra, armorial bearings have a tongue.
I would decipher a sound which a cockney would represent by zerr, and a Frenchman by seu, and then write demanding with some heat what on earth it meant.