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[dee-kript, di-] /diˈkrɪpt, dɪ-/
verb (used with object)
to decode or decipher.
Origin of decrypt
First recorded in 1935-40; de- + crypt(ogram)
Related forms
decryption, noun Unabridged
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  • I want you to unlock this phone and then decrypt the files in its memory.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • Tomorrow, we'll bring you back and ask you to decrypt the data on these memory sticks.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • Because if they can decrypt it with your public key, it can only have been encrypted with your private key.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • I'd decrypt it, read it, re-encrypt it with your boss's real public key and send it on.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for decrypt


verb (transitive)
to decode (a message) with or without previous knowledge of its key
to make intelligible (a television or other signal) that has been deliberately distorted for transmission
Derived Forms
decrypted, adjective
decryption, noun
Word Origin
C20: from de- + crypt, as in cryptic
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Word Origin and History for decrypt

"to solve a cryptogram," 1936, from de- + cryptogram. Related: Decrypted; decrypting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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