encrypt

[en-kript]

verb (used with object)


Origin of encrypt

1940–45; en-1 + -crypt (abstracted from cryptic, cryptography, etc.), modeled on encode
Related formsen·cryp·tion, en·cryp·ta·tion, noun
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Historical Examples of encrypt

  • You'd encrypt the message with your private key and my public key.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • So instead of just encrypting the message with your private key, you also encrypt it with your boss's public key.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow



British Dictionary definitions for encrypt

encrypt

verb (tr)

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 Formsencrypted, adjectiveencryption, noun

Word Origin for encrypt

C20: from en- 1 + crypt, as in crypto-
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Word Origin and History for encrypt
v.

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

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Science definitions for encrypt

encrypt

[ĕn-krĭpt]

To alter information using a code or mathematical algorithm so as to be unintelligible to unauthorized readers.
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