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

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encryption \ in-​ˈkrip-​shən How to pronounce encryption (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of encrypt in a Sentence

The software will encrypt the message before it is sent.

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Rogers adds that the family history site surfaces matches, not the DNA itself, the raw data of which is encrypted and used to determine those matches. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "DNA testing can share all your family secrets. Are you ready for that?," 4 July 2019 Almost every day, newspapers across the country reported a new twist or piece of baffling information emerging in the murder investigation — twists like Bacon’s encrypted diary that Keller gave to the police. Wendy Grossman Kantor, EW.com, "Who killed the Masked Marvel?," 27 June 2019 As Denver joins at least 28 other agencies across the state that have encrypted their radio communications, that openness and public airing of first responder activity will end. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Keep police and fire radio communications open and transparent," 14 June 2019 It's encrypted and said to be near impossible to track. CBS News, "English-speaking ISIS supporters exploit messaging app," 6 June 2019 Apple devices will analyze your security video locally so that you can be alerted of activity caught by the cameras and then encrypt that data and send it to iCloud where not even Apple can see it. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 13: Apple brings Dark Mode to iPhones and multitasking overhaul to iPads," 3 June 2019 The data, encrypted and unchangeable, is always up to date on all participants’ systems. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Salesforce Rolls Out Blockchain Builder for Noncoders," 29 May 2019 The companies encrypt our secrets, and don’t store our master passwords used to unlock the encryption. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Seattle Times, "Password managers have a security flaw, but you should still use one," 19 Feb. 2019 Users by the millions download Onavo to encrypt their internet traffic. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Facebook to Pull Controversial Onavo App," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of encrypt

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

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