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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hackers struck in May, encrypting files using ransomware and demanding payment for the decryption keys. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore acknowledges for first time that data was destroyed in ransomware attack," 11 Sep. 2019 The webcam shutter and power-button fingerprint reader are paramount among those, as are FIDO authentication capabilities and a discrete TPM that encrypts data. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Thinkbook 13s review: ThinkPad influences at a great price," 7 Sep. 2019 Dell Storage: Your primary drive can be either a 2.5-inch SATA drive (500GB to 1TB capacity), including a 500GB self-encrypting drive; or an M.2 2230 SSD in capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB, or a 256GB self-encrypting drive. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Dell's OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is a mini-PC that fits into a monitor stand," 20 Aug. 2019 The details of your purchases, visible in the Wallet app, are encrypted so Apple can't see them. 2. Anchorage Daily News, "The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem," 2 Sep. 2019 The details of your purchases, visible in the Wallet app, are encrypted so Apple can’t see them. 2. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Denver Post, "The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem," 31 Aug. 2019 This month, attackers seeking millions of dollars encrypted the files of 22 Texas municipalities. Ars Technica, "The Extortion Economy: Insurance companies and the rise in ransomware attacks," 27 Aug. 2019 The tales of a nation are encrypted, more often ignored, and rarely reincarnated in the heart. Richard Brady, National Review, "Valley of the Shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 Any Wi-Fi enabled device can access it, and the device can store hundreds of gigabytes of data, stream movies or music, or smuggle encrypted files across international borders. Wired, "An Unprecedented iPhone Hack, a Wi-Fi Leg Implant, and More News," 30 Aug. 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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How to pronounce encrypt (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of encrypt

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

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