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Synonyms of fathom in English:


  • 1 Charlie tried to fathom the expression on his friend's face
    interpret, decipher, decode, disentangle, untangle, unravel, piece together
    informal make head or tail of, take on board, get a fix on, get/catch the drift of, tumble to, crack, dig, get, get the picture, get the message, see what's what
    British informal twig, suss (out)
    North American informal savvy
    rare cognize
  • 2 an attempt to fathom the ocean
    measure the depth of, sound, plumb, probe;
    gauge, estimate
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