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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But my password should be something like, HelloVlad. Fox News, "President Trump puts NATO on notice," 12 July 2018 Accounts are locked for violating the company’s standards remain frozen unless the owner logs back in and resets their password. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Twitter follower counts drop after a change in how they are counted," 11 July 2018 After locking the accounts, Twitter contacts the account holders to ask them to verify the account and reset their password. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Why Donald Trump and Barack Obama are about to lose a lot of Twitter followers," 11 July 2018 To store your password if you are registered on our platform. The Editors, Outside Online, "About Our Ads," 10 July 2018 But two other important things were revealed: (1) Khloé now knows his phone password and (2) Thompson had also blocked the Haqq twins, Khadijah and Malika. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Kim Kardashian Made Tristan Thompson Unblock Her on Instagram," 28 June 2018 Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to reset your Gmail password. Patrick Marshall, The Seattle Times, "How much email security do you need?," 9 June 2018 Finally, Mark Zuckerberg has given me a reason to remember my password., "Red Table Talk Is The Best Thing To Happen To Facebook," 7 June 2018 Again, all of this can easily be mitigated by simply changing the notification settings for Signal or using full-disk encryption to make sure no one can gain access to your hard drive to retrieve the SQLite files without your password. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Signal’s “disappearing messages” live on in macOS notifications," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of password

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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