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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 encrypted
  • It is also an automatic, silent, encrypted backup of your essentials.
  • BlackBerry messages are widely thought to be tightly encrypted.
  • Your neighbors can't see encrypted communication with your counselor, but they can see you entering a psychologist's office.
  • encrypted calls are not protected from interception because the rogue tower can simply turn it off.
  • Information that is often encrypted includes designs for high-tech products, data about oil and other energy.
  • Smartphones are essentially minicomputers and usually pull down data using encrypted cell networks.
  • encrypted within this discussion is a more sophisticated argument about the nascent medium of video games.
  • The best way to protect yourself is to use encrypted protocols when communicating with servers.
  • All credit card information is encrypted and protected.
  • For a truly secure system, the message will be encrypted in a way that requires a mathematical key to unlock it.
British Dictionary definitions for encrypted


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 encrypted



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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encrypted 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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