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[en-sahy-fer] /ɛnˈsaɪ fər/
verb (used with object)
to convert (a message, communication, etc.) into cipher.
Origin of encipher
1570-80; en-1 + cipher
Related forms
encipherer, noun
encipherment, noun
unenciphered, adjective Unabridged
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  • If users wanted secrecy, they could invent their own secret codes and encipher their messages themselves.
  • Students will be able to encipher and decipher messages using these methods.
  • In accordance with the key list, plugs were inserted into this board in pairs to further encipher the characters.
  • It is the input of an encryption or encipher process, and the output of an decryption or decipher process.
British Dictionary definitions for encipher


(transitive) to convert (a message, document, etc) from plain text into code or cipher; encode
Derived Forms
encipherer, noun
encipherment, noun
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