rekey

verb re·key \ ˌrē-ˈkē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of rekey

rekeyed; rekeying
1 : to key (something) again
  • There's no sense in rekeying data that you already have in your computer.
  • —Richard O. Mann
2 : 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

First Known Use of rekey

1875

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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