decrypt

[dee-kript, di-]
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Origin of decrypt

First recorded in 1935–40; de- + crypt(ogram)
Related formsde·cryp·tion, noun
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Related Words for decrypt

break, decode, unravel, crack, solve, interpret

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Contemporary Examples of decrypt

Historical Examples of decrypt

  • 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

decrypt

verb (tr)
  1. to decode (a message) with or without previous knowledge of its key
  2. to make intelligible (a television or other signal) that has been deliberately distorted for transmission
Derived Formsdecrypted, adjectivedecryption, noun

Word Origin for decrypt

C20: from de- + crypt, as in cryptic
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Word Origin and History for decrypt
v.

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

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