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

Examples of encrypt in a Sentence

The software will encrypt the message before it is sent.
Recent Examples on the Web Use the emerging explorer window to choose a location for your CSV file, then click Save. Note: The resulting CSV file will contain all of your credentials and is not encrypted. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, 13 Sep. 2023 The Nazis encrypted their messages with an Enigma machine. Logan Smith, CBS News, 5 Sep. 2023 Royal, the ransomware group city officials have identified as the culprit of the cyberattack, was encrypting files and made ransom requests, according to the slideshow. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 5 Sep. 2023 Are backup copies of your messages automatically encrypted, with no option for the app company to unscramble them? Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2023 Your texts in Google’s chat app are only end-to-end encrypted if everyone else is using that app. Shira Ovide, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2023 Spies of apparent Chinese origin did just that, managing to slip fake versions of both Signal and Telegram encrypted messenger apps into Google’s Play store. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 2 Sep. 2023 Storage solutions digitally store and encrypt your crypto assets to protect them from theft or loss. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Aug. 2023 In pCloud, your passwords are encrypted on your device before being sent to pCloud's servers, ensuring they can’t be easily read by others. Advertising Content, PCMAG, 10 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of encrypt was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Encrypt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encrypt. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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