[ dee-kript, dih- ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to decode or decipher.

Origin of decrypt

First recorded in 1935–40; de- + crypt(ogram)

Other words from decrypt

  • de·cryp·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use decrypt in a sentence

  • It claims chats, no matter what type, are all secured the same way, but because the encryption key for regular chats is stored on the same server, Telegram technically also has access to it and can decrypt your messages.

    6 secure alternatives to WhatsApp | Sandra Gutierrez G. | January 18, 2021 | Popular-Science

British Dictionary definitions for decrypt


/ (diːˈkrɪpt) /

  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

Origin of decrypt

C20: from de- + crypt, as in cryptic

Derived forms of decrypt

  • decrypted, adjective
  • decryption, noun

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