Meaning of cryptanalyze

crypt•an•a•lyze

Pronunciation: (krip-tan'l-īz"), [key]
— -lyzed, -lyz•ing.
  1. to study (a cryptogram) for the purpose of discovering the clear meaning; break (a code, cipher, etc.).
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