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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
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
encrypted, adjectiveencryption, noun
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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