cryp·​to | \ ˈkrip-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce crypto (audio) \
plural cryptos

Definition of crypto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who adheres or belongs secretly to a party, sect, or other group



Definition of crypto (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not openly avowed or declared often used in combination crypto-fascist

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Goldman Sachs, for example, recently halted its plan to build a trading division specifically for crypto. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Crypto Exchange Founder's Untimely Death Leaves $190 Million Locked Away in Limbo," 4 Feb. 2019 At an early Bitcoin conference in London, Allaire and his cofounder, Sean Neville, Circle’s president, laid out their vision before a rowdy throng of crypto-anarchists and libertarians. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Video Cloud video is not playable.," 26 Feb. 2018 That incredible rise made Lubin one of the richest men in crypto, with a net worth of between $1 and $5 billion, according to Forbes. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "ConsenSys plans to spin out most of its startups, and it’s going to mean layoffs," 20 Dec. 2018 Plus, Facebook seems to think the crypto craze is at least somewhat legit. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is reversing its ban on cryptocurrency ads," 26 June 2018 Indeed, as the crypto-craze has gathered hype over the past year, mercenaries have rushed in, leveraging enthusiasm around the technology to raise money, artificially boost their stock prices, and ride a cycle of good press. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "When the Blockchain Skeptic Walked Into the Lions' Den," 15 May 2018 Hedge funds, students and pensioners have all been caught up in the crypto craze. The Economist, "Regulating virtual currencies and ICOs," 26 Apr. 2018 Governments are doing it by denying that crypto or virtual currencies are currencies at all. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "What's behind the plunge in bitcoin?," 7 Apr. 2018 Some tried crypto investing when historically low interest rates crimped income from other types of investments, like bonds. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bearish on Bitcoin: Crypto Markets Take Steep Dive," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In this tough environment, crypto startup Polkadot is seeking to raise up to $60 million in new capital, according to people familiar with the matter. Tomio Geron, WSJ, "Crypto Startup Polkadot Seeking New Token Sale Above $1 Billion Valuation," 24 Jan. 2019 Chris Dixon: Dixon, who now runs an Andreessen Horowitz fund that makes crypto investments, led Andreessen’s $25 million investment into Coinbase in 2013. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "How an $8 billion Silicon Valley startup has shared talent with one of its most prominent investors," 26 Nov. 2018 All new crypto investments will be managed under the new fund, although past investments will continue to be managed under the firm’s main, pre-existing fund. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Andreessen Horowitz Pours $300 Million into Crypto Fund," 25 June 2018 In hindsight, crypto investors who looked for the door even during the April bounce turned out to be prescient. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Some Cryptocurrency Investors Are Giving Up on Bitcoin—and Cashing Out of Coinbase," 29 June 2018 The idea here is that a venture capital firm specifically earmarks some of the money in an existing fund for crypto projects. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why are big VCs opening up crypto funds?," 21 June 2018 The problem appears to be that running Steemit cost real money, rather than crypto tokens: Steemit said the move is a result of the weakness of the cryptocurrency market. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Dueling employee petitions have revealed a deep divide within Google over China," 29 Nov. 2018 Get our daily newsletter To that end, Switzerland is maintaining loose rules for crypto-businesses, even as other countries are tightening theirs. The Economist, "Tales from the crypto-nationA banking centre seeks to reinvent itself," 24 Feb. 2018 Heck, adaptogen names even sound like crypto names: eleuthero, schisandra, rhodiola. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Adaptogenic dusts, oils, and pills have a veneer of science, but there’s not much evidence to back them up.," 2 Nov. 2018

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1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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(sense 1) independent use of crypto-; (sense 2) by shortening

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