en·​cryp·​tion in-ˈkrip-shən How to pronounce encryption (audio)
plural encryptions
: the act or process of encrypting something : a conversion of something (such as data) into a code or cipher
The regulations … make it harder to provide automatic encryption of information as it passes through the dozens of links in a typical Internet connection …Paul Wallich
… a hacker slips into a system, then puts encryption controls in place that locks users out.Elizabeth Millard
: a code or cipher produced by encrypting something
Artificial intelligence can decode encryptions that previously could not be cracked.Ana Swanson

Examples of encryption in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Verdict: An Excellent Private Messaging App With a Caveat WhatsApp is a rock-solid messaging app that uses end-to-end encryption by default for all personal chat messages and Group Chats, though business conversations don't get that kind of protection. PCMAG, 15 May 2024 In the years since, Apple has taken important steps to protect privacy, including features that require apps to get explicit permission from users to track their behavior and allow users to turn on end-to-end encryption for their messages and other data stored in Apple’s iCloud. Katie Paul, Fortune, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for encryption 

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of encryption was in 1953

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“Encryption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encryption. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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