pass·​word | \ ˈpas-ˌwərd How to pronounce password (audio) \

Definition of password

1 : something that enables one to pass or gain admission: such as
a : a spoken word or phrase required to pass by a guard
b : a sequence of characters required for access to a computer system
2 : watchword

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Synonyms for password


countersign, watchword, word

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Examples of password in a Sentence

You need to enter your password to check your e-mail. the password for the all-night rave will be changed next week

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Instead of having a single entry point to a company’s full network of business apps, tools and data—which can be accessed by workers via mobile devices with a password or other form of authentication—Mr. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Akamai Bets on ‘Zero Trust’ Approach to Security," 1 May 2019 Easily guessed passwords and lack of encryption were widespread concerns. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Report Finds DOD "Could Be Pretty Easily Hacked"," 9 Oct. 2018 One of the most important steps toward better online security is making sure passwords are strong and haven’t already been compromised in a data breach. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "New Chrome Extension Warns You of Stolen Passwords," 23 May 2018 The hardest part for the parent is figuring out a brand-new password every morning, but that's an easy price to pay for a clean home, right? Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "This Mom Has a Brilliant Hack for Getting Her Tech-Obsessed Kids to Do Chores," 23 Dec. 2018 As are the security issues that arise when every holder is responsible for keeping their own password, or private key. New York Times, "A Field Guide to the Hurdles Facing Blockchain Adoption," 27 June 2018 As with most other personal finance apps, Mint is password-protected, therefore your data is safe even if your device is lost or stolen. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Seriously, save money on gas, hotels and shopping with these 8 apps," 26 June 2018 Instead, most are cultural steps toward better cyber-hygiene, like choosing strong passwords, using two-factor authentication, and emphasizing vigilance. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 If your information has been compromised, the good news is that passwords and credit card numbers are easy to change. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "More than 500 million Marriott guests’ information was hacked. Here’s what you need to know.," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of password

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of password was in 1799

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English Language Learners Definition of password

: a secret word or phrase that a person must know before being given permission to enter a place
: a secret series of numbers or letters that allows you to use a computer system


pass·​word | \ ˈpas-ˌwərd How to pronounce password (audio) \

Kids Definition of password

: a secret word, phrase, or group of numbers that a person must know to be allowed to enter a place or use a computer system

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