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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Those customer accounts will remain blocked until the customer changes the password associated with the profile, according to the letter. Caroline Blackmon, USA TODAY, "Macy's warns customers of online data breach," 11 July 2018 What customers should do A customer account will remain blocked until the customer changes the password associated with the profile, according to the letter. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Macy's warns customers of online data breach," 6 July 2018 Then, they’ll be prompted to change their password, because the third-party apps that require them can make accounts, and thus the entire platform, less secure. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Announces Steps Against Inauthentic Engagement on the App," 19 Nov. 2018 An implanted chip can alter part of that code so the server won’t check for a password—and presto! Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tiny Chinese Microchips Reportedly Found Hidden in Amazon, Apple Servers," 4 Oct. 2018 Sometimes the hackers exploit users’ names and passwords to gain access. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Who Hacked the ATL? Hijackers Are Holding Atlanta for Ransom and Time Is Running Out," 27 Mar. 2018 The mayor's laptop was not functional and the firewall didn't have a password. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "University Heights takes action on distressed homes," 21 Feb. 2018 Tech Radar has a list of tips to protect your home network from hackers: Use a secure WPA password, hide your network, and always use VPN when using a credit card. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Smart Light Bulbs Can Expose Your Home To Theft," 19 Dec. 2018 Most of the thefts involving virtual currencies are a result of people’s having the password, or private key, to a virtual currency wallet stolen or hacked. New York Times, "Confused About Blockchains? Here’s What You Need to Know," 27 June 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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