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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Once in the system, Pegasus can extract the user’s private data, including passwords, contact lists, calendar events, text messages, and even voice calls. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "What is Pegasus and how did it target Indians on WhatsApp?," 31 Oct. 2019 If somebody steals your wallet password (i.e., private key), or you accidentally stay logged into Facebook/Calibra on a public computer, does that count? Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Facebook is beating a dead horse with Libra," 24 Oct. 2019 Information taken includes emails, passwords, birthdates, security questions and contacts. Nerdwallet, cleveland, "How to navigate the Yahoo data breach settlement," 19 Oct. 2019 All that is required is an email, password, name, phone number and zip code. Trevor Fraser,, "Cinemark offers $5 movies Tuesdays for club members," 8 Oct. 2019 The video below demonstrates a phishing prompt that tricks the user into entering a password. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV," 11 Aug. 2019 You’ll be prompted to enter your Facebook password. Nicole Carpenter, Time, "How To Delete Your Data From Facebook Forever," 24 July 2019 Being proactive about using strong passwords and protecting your identity and personal information is always a good idea. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for July 23, 2019: Happy birthday Kathryn Hahn; Leo, even a caped crusader needs a break," 23 July 2019 The system can improperly store legitimate administrator logins, for instance, sometimes allowing the next user to enter any username and password and gain access. Wired, "Supermicro Bug Could Let "Virtual USBs" Take Over Corporate Servers," 3 Sep. 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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2 Dec 2019

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“Password.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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