[ dee-kript, dih- ]
/ diˈkrɪpt, dɪ- /
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verb (used with object)

to decode or decipher.



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Origin of decrypt

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


de·cryp·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for decrypt

  • 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) /

verb (tr)

to decode (a message) with or without previous knowledge of its key
to make intelligible (a television or other signal) that has been deliberately distorted for transmission

Derived forms of decrypt

decrypted, adjectivedecryption, noun

Word Origin for decrypt

C20: from de- + crypt, as in cryptic
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