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encrypt

[en-kript] /ɛnˈkrɪpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to encipher or encode.
Origin of encrypt
1940-1945
1940-45; en-1 + -crypt (abstracted from cryptic, cryptography, etc.), modeled on encode
Related forms
encryption, encryptation, noun
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encrypt

/ɪnˈkrɪpt/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
encrypted, adjective
encryption, noun
Word Origin
C20: from en-1 + crypt, as in crypto-
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Word Origin and History for encryption

encrypt

v.

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

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encryption in Science
encrypt
  (ěn-krĭpt)   
To alter information using a code or mathematical algorithm so as to be unintelligible to unauthorized readers.
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encryption in Culture

encryption definition


The process of encoding a message so that it can be read only by the sender and the intended recipient. Encryption systems often use two keys, a public key, available to anyone, and a private key that allows only the recipient to decode the message. (See also cryptography.)

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