pass·word | \ ˈpas-ˌwərd \

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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Last year her children took control of her Twitter account, deleted her past tweets and changed her password. The Economist, "Racist tweets from Roseanne spur ABC to cancel “Roseanne”," 30 May 2018 What appeared to be undisputed, however, was that Arellano had used another deputy's password to access a database that contains confidential information about suspects and fugitives, the opinion said. Maya Lau,, "L.A. sheriff's narcotics detective accused of involvement in drug-trafficking operation can't be fired, court says," 20 Apr. 2018 In the report, the agency urged pipelines to take measures including establishing a cybersecurity plan, limiting network access and changing default passwords., "Zuckerberg Testifies Before Senate Panel," 10 Apr. 2018 Some will have full access to your account, able to make payments or change your password, while others will only be able to see your basic profile information and sometimes your contacts. Nicole Kobie, Teen Vogue, "How to See All Your Google Data," 29 Mar. 2018 According to the Federal Trade Commission, phishing is when scammers use fraudulent emails or copycat websites to get valuable personal information, such as Social Security numbers or computer login IDs and passwords. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Confidential information of Batavia city employees, elected officials stolen in phishing scam," 2 Feb. 2018 Further, users should either turn off or use a strong password to secure remote services such as Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connectionor secure shell (SSH) access. Richard Enbody, Scientific American, "Cryptojacking Spreads Across the Web," 9 May 2018 Print subscribers get a password for your existing account here Now, with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton leading 19 other states in a national charge to strike down the ACA and its provisions, Salas isn’t so sure what the future holds. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 2018 His personal computer, federal prosecutors alleged, held more than 10,000 images and videos of such material, protected under three layers of passwords. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Ex-CIA employee charged in major leak of agency hacking tools," 18 June 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 \

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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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