decrypt

verb
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 Those responsible for introducing the software demand a ransom to unlock or decrypt the files. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, 23 Dec. 2021 Europol claimed the keys had helped more than 1,400 companies decrypt their networks, saving them almost $550 million in potential losses. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 This has long been a challenge for researchers because the digital code used to encrypt a photograph has to be the same one used to decrypt it. Harini Barath, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2021 Because of this communication dependency, if the key is communicated over a compromised or a non-secure channel, the keys can be intercepted and used to decrypt the message, making the best of the algorithms largely ineffective. Konstantin Vilk, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 After that, both devices can decrypt the images, allowing the user to view files as normal color photographs. Harini Barath, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2021 But the developer who found them was able to decrypt the information. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 Aug. 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. Jack Nicas, New York Times, 5 Aug. 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. Jack Nicas, New York Times, 5 Aug. 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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7 Jan 2022

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“Decrypt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decrypt. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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