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[en-kript] /ɛnˈkrɪpt/
verb (used with object)
to encipher or encode.
Origin of encrypt
1940-45; en-1 + -crypt (abstracted from cryptic, cryptography, etc.), modeled on encode
Related forms
encryption, encryptation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for encrypt
  • In theory, quantum cryptography--the use of quantum systems to encrypt information securely--is perfectly secure.
  • Critics say that it did not protect its servers sufficiently and used algorithms to encrypt data that can be easily cracked.
  • Instead, it is the keys used to encrypt the data that rely on quantum theory.
  • Past systems designed to encrypt e-mails all relied on ways of storing their keys safely.
  • All they had to do was encrypt all production media so that only one player could play them.
  • They may not know how to encrypt an online payment system, but they answer their phones with commendable briskness.
  • With homomorphic encryption, a company could encrypt its entire database of e-mails and upload it to a cloud.
  • It's been more than ten years now since the idea emerged of using chaos to encrypt messages.
  • Each user has a cryptographic key on his or her device for every friend that is used to encrypt and decrypt shared information.
  • So cryptographers can use it to send a secure key called a one time pad that can then be used to encrypt a message.
British Dictionary definitions for encrypt


verb (transitive)
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
encrypted, adjective
encryption, noun
Word Origin
C20: from en-1 + crypt, as in crypto-
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for encrypt

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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encrypt in Science
To alter information using a code or mathematical algorithm so as to be unintelligible to unauthorized readers.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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