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

Examples of decrypt in a Sentence

decrypting the Germans' code was one of the Allies' greatest triumphs
Recent Examples on the Web Note that by default, ESET automatically decrypts the drive for the current Windows user account. PCMAG, 22 Jan. 2024 The domain name is stored, encrypted, in a few data blocks that are decrypted via XOR operations. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 10 Jan. 2024 If encrypted data sent today get stored, then a future quantum computer could retroactively decrypt the messages. Kelsey Houston-Edwards, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 If that creeps you out, knowing that new privacy-enhancing chips mean that data need never be decrypted might cheer you up. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Dec. 2023 During this brief window, Mellon will obtain the encrypted payload and decrypt it. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 9 Aug. 2023 By applying quantum algorithms to communications and data, the chances of that data being decrypted by a quantum computer are significantly minimized. Skip Sanzeri, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 By guessing this, the researchers could decrypt their cookie, reassign themselves global administrator privileges for the site, reencrypt the cookie, and essentially assume god-mode-like capabilities to access any Points reward system and even grant accounts unlimited miles or other benefits. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 5 Aug. 2023 The problem is that this data is not often deleted, and bad actors can store encrypted data today with the intent to decrypt it once a powerful enough quantum computer is developed to do so. Markus Pflitsch, Forbes, 4 May 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decrypt was in 1935

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“Decrypt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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