Simple Definition of encrypt
: to change (information) from one form to another especially to hide its meaning
Examples of encrypt in a sentence
The software will encrypt the message before it is sent.
Did You Know?
Codes aren't always in another language; people have always been able to communicate in ways that conceal their real meaning. In countries ruled by dictators, novelists and playwrights have sometimes managed to encrypt their messages, conveying political ideas to their audiences so that the authorities never notice. But encryption today usually refers to a complex procedure performed on electronic text to make sure the wrong people—whether a nation's enemies or a business competitor (most businesses use encryption today)—can't read it. And sensitive data that merely resides on a company's own computers is often encrypted as well.
Origin and Etymology of encrypt
en- + crypt- (as in cryptogram)
First Known Use: 1944
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