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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
you have deciphered
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
they had deciphered
Future
I will decipher
you will decipher
he/she/it will decipher
we will decipher
you will decipher
they will decipher
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
he/she/it would decipher
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
they would have deciphered
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.
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