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transitive verb Etymology: en- + crypt- (as in cryptogram) Date: 1944
v.tr. 1 convert (data) into code, esp. to prevent unauthorized access. 2 conceal by this means. Derivatives: encryption n. Etymology: EN-(1) + Gk kruptos hidden
(encrypts, encrypting, encrypted) If a document or piece of information is encrypted, it is written in a special code, so that only certain people can read it. Account details are encrypted to protect privacy. ...a program that will encrypt the information before sending. ...encrypted signals. VERB: be V-ed, V n, V-ed • encryption It is currently illegal to export this encryption technology from the US. N-UNCOUNT: oft N n