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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The fallout, though, was usually limited to the exposure of personally identifiable information, huge databases of usernames and passwords and birthdays and Social Security numbers that wind up for sale, or for free, on the dark web and elsewhere. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Hack Brief: A Card-Skimming Hacker Group Hit 17K Domains—and Counting," 11 July 2019 This measure requires a second step -- aside from a username and password -- to access an account., "Massive DHS data breach raises questions about Oregon’s cybersecurity protocols," 24 June 2019 The WiFi password, the only other amenity citizens might expect, wasn’t a public good in the café area but was contingent on a purchase. Rebecca Nathanson, Harper's magazine, "English Referendums and Scotch Voters," 19 June 2019 The idea was that officials would try to log in to this fake page using their real usernames and passwords, thereby revealing information that would-be hackers could use to log in to the real site and access the voter database. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is a test. This is only a test.," 23 Aug. 2018 Change passwords on any online accounts that might include any details a stranger could guess — your year of birth, your pet’s name, your kid’s name, etc., "Nurse suspects letter from late patient’s husband is a scam: Money Matters," 26 June 2019 Computer Fraud, Identity theft, Grand theft: Between May 15 and May 30, unknown suspects hacked into a Saratoga resident’s e-mail accounts, changed passwords and obtained the victim’s personal identifying information. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Saratoga crime report for the week of June 21," 14 June 2019 The man changed his password and notified Uber along with the police. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Cudahy Uber driver lost a week's worth of earnings after his account was hacked. Here's what Uber did.," 12 June 2019 Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified information and of conspiring with former Army private Chelsea Manning to crack a Defense Department computer password. CBS News, "U.S. submits formal extradition request to UK for WikiLeaks' Julian Assange," 12 June 2019

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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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