en·​ci·​pher | \ in-ˈsī-fər How to pronounce encipher (audio) , 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 How to pronounce encipher (audio) , en \ noun
encipherment \ in-​ˈsī-​fər-​mənt How to pronounce encipher (audio) , en \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Encipher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encipher. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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