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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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 In a recent study, hackers were able to figure out someone's password in the span of 14 hours across 25 European countries on average. Gene Marks, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Information can also be shard online through the P3-tips app which requires creating a Tip ID and password to speak with investigators who may have questions. al, 8 May 2022 Proper password practices can help prevent hacks right now. Chris Smith, BGR, 6 May 2022 The email and password will also be used for account access and for the TV-platform Breezeline is introducing. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 There is no password reset or insurance in the preprogrammed, decentralized system. CBS News, 22 Apr. 2022 There is no password reset or insurance in the preprogrammed, decentralized system. Thalia Beaty, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2022 Signs include a password change, an alert to a phone or an odd charge to a credit card or debit card. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2022 And the password crackdown led some analysts to wonder whether Netflix has already reached market saturation in the United States. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of password

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Password.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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