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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.
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Noun1.decipherment - the activity of making clear or converting from code into plain text; "a secret key or password is required for decryption"
coding, steganography, cryptography, secret writing - act of writing in code or cipher
decompression - restoring compressed information to its normal form for use or display
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