decipher Definition

  • 1to convert a code or secret writing into ordinary language
  • 2to understand something that is difficult or complicated
  • 3to solve a puzzle or mystery

Using decipher: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "decipher" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Can you decipher this message for me?

  • Example

    It took me a while to decipher the meaning of the poem.

  • Example

    The detective was able to decipher the clues and solve the case.

decipher Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with decipher

  • to read and understand someone's handwriting, especially if it is difficult to read


    I had a hard time deciphering his handwriting on the note.

  • to understand and interpret the information on a map


    We had to decipher the map to find our way through the maze of streets.

  • to interpret the meaning behind someone's smile or facial expression


    I couldn't decipher whether she was happy or sad from her smile.

Origins of decipher

from Old French 'dechiffrer', from 'de-' (un-) + 'chiffrer' (to cipher)


Summary: decipher in Brief

To 'decipher' [dɪˈsaɪfə(r)] means to convert coded or secret writing into ordinary language, understand something difficult or complicated, or solve a puzzle or mystery. It can be used in various contexts, such as decoding messages, interpreting handwriting, or understanding maps. Synonyms include 'decode,' 'interpret,' and 'unravel.'