What does decipher mean?

Definitions for decipher
dɪˈsaɪ fərde·ci·pher

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decode, decrypt, decipherverb

    convert code into ordinary language

  2. decipher, traceverb

    read with difficulty

    "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"


  1. decipherverb

    To decode or decrypt a code or cipher to plain text.

  2. decipherverb

    To read text that is almost illegible or obscure.

  3. decipherverb

    To find a solution to a problem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decipherverb

    to translate from secret characters or ciphers into intelligible terms; as, to decipher a letter written in secret characters

    Etymology: [Pref. de- + cipher. Formed in imitation of F. dchiffrer. See Cipher.]

  2. Decipherverb

    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

    Etymology: [Pref. de- + cipher. Formed in imitation of F. dchiffrer. See Cipher.]

  3. Decipherverb

    to stamp; to detect; to discover

    Etymology: [Pref. de- + cipher. Formed in imitation of F. dchiffrer. See Cipher.]


  1. Decipher

    Decipher is a speculative fiction novel by Stel Pavlou, published in 2001 in England by Simon and Schuster and 2002 in the United States by St. Martin's Press. It is published in many languages with some significant title changes. The Italian and Russian editions have the title Il codice di Atlantide, while the German edition is called Code Zero. The novel is about a fictional linguist, Richard Scott, and an assembled team of specialists who are in a race against time to crack a code found on ancient monuments around the world before an impending cataclysm predicted in mythology can strike. The story centers on the ancient city of Atlantis and features other mythical sites such as the Hall of Records. Decipher was longlisted in the UK for the W.H. Smith Best New Talent Award 2002.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decipher

    de-sī′fėr, v.t. to uncipher or read secret writing: to make out what is unintelligible or obscure: to reveal.—adj. Deci′pherable.—n. Deci′pherment. [L. de, neg. and cipher.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decipher in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decipher in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of decipher in a Sentence

  1. Missy Robertson:

    Were trying to let God take the lead on these things, were trying to decipher between opportunities is this what we need to do that will enhance our family ? And also to shine a light on the blessings that weve received because of the blessing giver. Because of the creator. Because of our Savior. Sometimes we get those things out of whack and they dont really go very well. Robertson continued :.

  2. Jonathan Lopez:

    To ask a bank to decipher between legitimate and illegitimate payments by a multinational organization who by its nature makes a lot of payments in different countries is going to be tough.

  3. Richard Morningstar:

    It's always hard to decipher Russia's intentions, but an unsettled Ukrainian energy situation makes it easier for them to convince the Europeans they can't trust Ukraine to move natural gas.

  4. Lydia Child:

    Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.

  5. Jen Bucholtz:

    So you've got to know Gary's full name in order to decipher these anagrams, i just don't think there's any other way anybody would have figured it out.

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