re·​key ˌrē-ˈkē How to pronounce rekey (audio)
rekeyed; rekeying

transitive verb

: to key (something) again
There's no sense in rekeying data that you already have in your computer.Richard O. Mann
: to provide (something) with a new key
rekeyed the house/room/door
You can take your lock and key to a locksmith and have them rekey it, making it unique.CNN Wire

Examples of rekey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Overtime pay for that work, and the cost to rekey the facility's 1,800 locks, tipped the $250,000 threshold for a felony vandalism charge, prosecutors argued during Friedmann's trial in July. Kirsten Fiscus, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rekey was in 1875

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“Rekey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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