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Meaning of decipher

de•ci•pher

Pronunciation: (di-sī'fur), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to make out the meaning of (poor or partially obliterated writing, etc.): to decipher a hastily scribbled note.
  2. to discover the meaning of (anything obscure or difficult to trace or understand): to decipher hieroglyphics.
  3. to interpret by the use of a key, as something written in cipher: to decipher a secret message.
  4. to depict; portray.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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