from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To read or interpret (ambiguous, obscure, or illegible matter). See Synonyms at solve.
  • transitive v. To convert from a code or cipher to plain text; decode.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To decode or decrypt a code or cipher to plain text.
  • v. To read text that is almost illegible or obscure.
  • v. To find a solution to a problem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To translate from secret characters or ciphers into intelligible terms.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To stamp; to detect; to discover.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To interpret by the use of a key, as something written in cipher; make out by discovering the key to.
  • To succeed in reading, as what is written in obscure, partially obliterated, or badly formed characters.
  • To discover or explain the meaning of, as of something that is obscure or difficult to be traced or understood.
  • To describe or delineate.
  • To find out; detect; discover; reveal.
  • To write in cipher; conceal by means of a cipher or other disguise.
  • =Syn. 1–3. To interpret, make out, unravel.
  • n. A description.
  • n. A deciphered cipher; a translated version of a cipher.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. read with difficulty
  • v. convert code into ordinary language


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