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[dee-kript, di-] /diˈkrɪpt, dɪ-/
verb (used with object)
to decode or decipher.
Origin of decrypt
1935-40; de- + crypt(ogram)
Related forms
decryption, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for decrypt
  • In fact, repeat the encryption enough times and you will actually decrypt the message.
  • People employ public-key to distribute regular, symmetric keys, which are then used to encrypt and decrypt actual messages.
  • The user must then provide proper authentication keys to decrypt the data.
  • Your job is to decrypt these words, figure out what's special about these words and where they come from.
  • With public key cryptography technology, a public key and a private key are used to encrypt and decrypt messages.
  • Perhaps in the future, spies will be advised to keep a gallon of ethanol handy to decrypt their instructions.
  • Any data exchanged over that link is then encrypted and is practically impossible for an attacker to decrypt.
  • Each user has a cryptographic key on his or her device for every friend that is used to encrypt and decrypt shared information.
  • But only those with a private key can decrypt the messages and this, of course, is kept secret.
  • The only feasible way to decrypt the data today is to try every possible encrypt key, hoping that one will work.
British Dictionary definitions for decrypt


verb (transitive)
to decode (a message) with or without previous knowledge of its key
to make intelligible (a television or other signal) that has been deliberately distorted for transmission
Derived Forms
decrypted, adjective
decryption, noun
Word Origin
C20: from de- + crypt, as in cryptic
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Word Origin and History for decrypt

"to solve a cryptogram," 1936, from de- + cryptogram. Related: Decrypted; decrypting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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