en·​crypt | \ in-ˈkript How to pronounce encrypt (audio) , en- \
encrypted; encrypting; encrypts

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The software will encrypt the message before it is sent.
Recent Examples on the Web These are malicious bits of code that encrypt data and files, essentially placing a lock on a system; money is then demanded in exchange for the key. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The 2016 Election Was Just a Dry Run," 11 May 2020 In fact, the downloaded file was a program executable that encrypted the files on the machine. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "LockBit, the new ransomware for hire: A sad and cautionary tale," 30 Apr. 2020 Facebook is taking some steps to make sure the transfer of photos to Google is secure, such as encrypting the move end-to-end. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Facebook starts letting American users move their photos to Google," 29 Apr. 2020 Our stories, our design, even our vocabulary has always encrypted a message: Don't be scared. Adam Rogers, Wired, "From the Editors: We Can Beat Covid-19. Just Trust Science and Hold the Line," 21 Apr. 2020 One change is that Zoom will now offer AES 256 encryption on all meetings, meaning data will be encrypted with a 256-bit key. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Security News This Week: Zoom Upgrades Encryption Keys to What It Promised All Along," 25 Apr. 2020 Allread, with Deer Valley, wrote that district video meetings are encrypted using Zoom software specifically meant for school districts. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "How will my kid be graded? Will extracurricular fees be refunded? Answering school coronavirus questions," 15 Apr. 2020 Though the Windows password is still encrypted, the hack claims it can be easily decrypted by third-party tools if the password is a weak one. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Update: Zoom issues fix for UNC vulnerability that lets hackers steal Windows credentials via chat," 2 Apr. 2020 Your data never leaves your phone and is encrypted so that users cannot identify you. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This MIT App Tracks the Spread of Coronavirus While Protecting Your Privacy," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of encrypt

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for encrypt

en- entry 1 + -crypt (in cryptanalysis, cryptogram), perhaps after decrypt

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The first known use of encrypt was in 1944

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17 May 2020

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“Encrypt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encrypt. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of encrypt

: to change (information) from one form to another especially to hide its meaning

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