Definition of decipher verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

decipher

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪfə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪfər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decipher
BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪfə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪfər//
 
he / she / it deciphers
BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪfəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪfərz//
 
past simple deciphered
BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪfəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪfərd//
 
past participle deciphered
BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪfəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪfərd//
 
-ing form deciphering
BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪfərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪfərɪŋ//
 
 
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decipher something to succeed in finding the meaning of something that is difficult to read or understand to decipher a code Can anyone decipher his handwriting? I couldn’t decipher her handwiting. She watched the girl’s expression closely, trying to decipher her meaning. see also indecipherable Word Origin early 16th cent.: from de- (expressing reversal) + cipher, on the pattern of French déchiffrer.
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