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encrypt

[en-kript]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to encipher or encode.
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Origin of encrypt

1940–45; en-1 + -crypt (abstracted from cryptic, cryptography, etc.), modeled on encode
Related formsen·cryp·tion, en·cryp·ta·tion, noun
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  • I typed, then encrypted it to my public key and mailed it off.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • Then I came to one that was only encrypted to my public key.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • There were a couple dozen encrypted messages from people in the web of trust.

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    Cory Doctorow

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

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    Cory Doctorow

  • I signed it and encrypted it with my private key and the public key Masha had provided.

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British Dictionary definitions for encrypted

encrypt

verb (tr)
  1. to put (a message) into code
  2. to put (computer data) into a coded form
  3. to distort (a television or other signal) so that it cannot be understood without the appropriate decryption equipment
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Derived Formsencrypted, adjectiveencryption, noun

Word Origin

C20: from en- 1 + crypt, as in crypto-
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Word Origin and History for encrypted

encrypt

v.

1975 in computer sense, from en- (1) + crypt (see crypto-). Related: Encrypted; encrypting; encryption.

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encrypted in Science

encrypt

[ĕn-krĭpt]
  1. To alter information using a code or mathematical algorithm so as to be unintelligible to unauthorized readers.
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