de·​crypt | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkript How to pronounce decrypt (audio) \
decrypted; decrypting; decrypts

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decryption \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈkrip-​shən How to pronounce decrypt (audio) \ noun

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decrypting the Germans' code was one of the Allies' greatest triumphs
Recent Examples on the Web Instead of sending traffic that could only be decrypted by the website and the individual end user, computers that had the certificate installed used a key that the Kazakhstan government could also use to decrypt the data in transit. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 19 Dec. 2020 Hackers encrypted customer files and demanded money in order to decrypt them. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 3 July 2021 Though messages were encrypted, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies had built in a master key to the system, meaning officials could decrypt and store any messages sent without the user knowing. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 The victim can open an account on a cryptocurrency exchange, buy Bitcoin, send it to the hacker’s wallet address, and the hacker will then decrypt the victim’s data. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 2 June 2021 Ransomware attacks are typically carried out by criminal hackers who scramble data, paralyzing victims' networks, and demand a large payment to decrypt the information. Sylvia Hui, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 The digital keys that can decrypt iCloud data are usually stored on specialized devices, called hardware security modules, that are made by Thales, a French technology company. New York Times, 17 May 2021 As Forbes reported earlier this year, Apple can decrypt and provide iMessages to law enforcement when required. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Ransomware attacks have reached epidemic levels as foreign criminal gangs paralyze computer networks at state and local governments, police departments, hospitals and universities — demanding large sums to decrypt the data. Frank Bajak, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of decrypt

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decrypt

de- + -crypt (in cryptanalysis, cryptogram), perhaps after decipher

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The first known use of decrypt was in 1935

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“Decrypt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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