verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. encroach,
  2. encroachment,
  3. encrust,
  4. encrustation,
  5. encrusted,
  6. encryption,
  7. enculturate,
  8. enculturation,
  9. encumber,
  10. encumbrance

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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British Dictionary definitions for encrypted


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 encrypted



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

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Science definitions for encrypted



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