- To encrypt is defined as to encode something or to write or say something in a manner intended to obstruct its meaning and keep its contents secret.
An example of encrypt is when you use a program to scramble an email and make it impossible for intruders or unauthorized individuals to read in order to protect the email's contents from becoming known.
- to encode or encipher
- Comput. to add an electronic digital code to (data) being sent over a public network to prevent its unauthorized detection, use, copying, etc.
Origin of encrypt; from en- + crypt(ogram)
transitive verben·crypt·ed, en·crypt·ing, en·crypts
- To put into code or cipher.
- Computers To alter (data) using a mathematical algorithm so as to make the data unintelligible to unauthorized users while allowing a user with a key or password to convert the altered data back to its original state.
Origin of encrypten–1 + (de)crypt.
(third-person singular simple present encrypts, present participle encrypting, simple past and past participle encrypted)