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[en-kript] /ɛnˈkrɪpt/
verb (used with object)
to encipher or encode.
Origin of encrypt
1940-45; en-1 + -crypt (abstracted from cryptic, cryptography, etc.), modeled on encode
Related forms
encryption, encryptation, noun Unabridged
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  • I typed, then encrypted it to my public key and mailed it off.

    Little Brother

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

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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
  • 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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    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for encrypted


verb (transitive)
to put (a message) into code
to put (computer data) into a coded form
to distort (a television or other signal) so that it cannot be understood without the appropriate decryption equipment
Derived Forms
encrypted, adjective
encryption, noun
Word Origin
C20: from en-1 + crypt, as in crypto-
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for encrypted



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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encrypted in Science
To alter information using a code or mathematical algorithm so as to be unintelligible to unauthorized readers.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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