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 Advocates say that the companies turn a blind eye to criminals, who exploit their systems to spread abusive imagery — and that problem has gotten even worse with the growth of live-streaming and encrypted messaging. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Microsoft takes its fight for 'dreamers' in its ranks to the Supreme Court," 11 Nov. 2019 Even Outlook lock screen notifications will be encrypted until unlocked, Microsoft says. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's 10 biggest Ignite reveals include the new Edge, and more ways to tie Office to the web," 4 Nov. 2019 Hegedus' girlfriend is a teacher, and her lesson plans, thesis and other important documents were encrypted. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Ransomware Superhero of Normal, Illinois," 28 Oct. 2019 Also on Friday, federal regulators obtained a temporary restraining order against the encrypted-messaging company Telegram, moving to shut down its Gram cryptocurrency. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Faces Exodus of Partners," 11 Oct. 2019 The important thing is that in the context of multiplying very large numbers, like when computers use mathematical techniques to encrypt and decrypt secret messages and sensitive data, these small trade-offs add up to big gains in speed. Quanta Magazine, "On Your Mark, Get Set, Multiply," 23 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, WhatsApp’s private, encrypted messaging creates an environment for the viral spread of disinformation without the ability to police it. Fortune, "Instagram, WhatsApp, and Deepfakes May Threaten 2020 U.S. Presidential Election," 3 Sep. 2019 Public officials leaked private government information, sometimes through personal email accounts or the encrypted-messaging app Telegram, according to the indictment. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Former Puerto Rico Officials Are Accused of Corruption," 10 July 2019 Super secure and private. Includes smart contracts, encrypted messaging, decentralized wallet, libertine blockchain. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "John McAfee reveals he charges $105,000 per promotional cryptocurrency tweet," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of encrypt

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

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