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encrypt

[ en-kript ]
/ ɛnˈkrɪpt /
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verb (used with object)
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Origin of encrypt

1940–45; en-1 + -crypt (abstracted from cryptic, cryptography, etc.), modeled on encode

OTHER WORDS FROM encrypt

en·cryp·tion, en·cryp·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for encrypt

encrypt
/ (ɪnˈkrɪpt) /

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 forms of encrypt

encrypted, adjectiveencryption, noun

Word Origin for encrypt

C20: from en- 1 + crypt, as in crypto-
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Scientific 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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