What does decipher mean?


The verb decipher means "decrypt". It originally refers to the transmission of an encrypted (also: ciphered) message in plain text.

In a figurative sense means decipher also deciphering complex, difficult to understand facts and translating them into clear, easy to understand words.

Origin of the term is the synonymous French decipherer.


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Phonetic transcription (IPA):[deʃɪˈfʁiːʁən]

Usage examples

His task during the war was primarily to intercept messages from the enemy decipher.

Barack Obama's National Security Agency (NSA) appears to be able to use encrypted online communications decipheras evidenced by documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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It was only in the second half that they gradually managed to match the defending champion's attack patterns decipher and to react confidently accordingly.

His opaque writing style is difficult for me too decipher.

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