en·​ci·​pher | \ in-ˈsī-fər , en-\
enciphered; enciphering; enciphers

Definition of encipher

transitive verb

: to convert (a message) into cipher

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Other Words from encipher

encipherer \ in-​ˈsī-​fər-​ər , en \ noun
encipherment \ in-​ˈsī-​fər-​mənt , en \ noun

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To protect sensitive communications traveling along public pathways, the senders enciphered—or encrypted—their words, often using machines that could replace each letter with a new letter. Liza Mundy, Time, "The Forgotten Women Who Helped Create the Field of Cybersecurity," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of encipher

1577, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of encipher was in 1577

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