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decrypt

Definition:

to convert code into ordinary language

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Related to:

decryption

Past tense:

decrypted

Present participle:

decrypting

3rd-person singular present:

decrypts

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

from de- + crypt, as in cryptic
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Encryption | encryption scheme | decryption

the process of encoding messages in such a way that eavesdroppers or hackers cannot read it, but that authorized parties can.:374 In an encryption scheme, the message or information is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, turning it... (37 of 906 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Encryption

Collins Dictionary:

decrypt | decrypted [adjective, derived]

to decode (a message) with or without previous knowledge of its key | to make intelligible (a television or other signal) that has been deliberately ... (24 of 348 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/decrypt

Merriam-Webster:

decode | break [sense-specific] | decipher [sense-specific] | crack [synonym, sense-specific] | decrypt [synonym, sense-specific] | cipher [antonym, sense-specific] | code [antonym, sense-specific] | encipher [antonym, sense-specific] | encode [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

to convert (as a coded message) into intelligible form ; to recognize and interpret (an electronic signal) | "decipher" [sense-specific] ; to discover ... (22 of 126 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/decode

Oxford Dictionary:

decrypt | decryption [derived]

make (a coded or unclear message) intelligible | a text that has been decoded (13 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/decrypt

Cambridge Dictionary:

decrypt

to change electronic information or signals that were stored, written or sent in the form of a secret code (system of letters, numbers or symbols) ... (25 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/decrypt

Macmillan British Dictionary:

decrypt [transitive] | decrypted [past tense] | decrypting [present participle] | decrypts [3rd-person singular present]

to change information that was in a code that could not be read or understood into a form that can be read and understood (24 of 53 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/decrypt

Wiktionary:

decrypt | decrypts [plural] | decrypted [past tense] | decrypting [present participle] | encrypt [antonym, sense-specific]

To convert an encrypted or coded text or message into plain text. | A decoded communication. (15 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/decrypt

American Heritage Dictionary:

decrypt | decrypted [past tense] | decrypting [present participle] | decrypts [3rd-person singular present] | decryption [noun, related]

To decipher. | To decode. | A deciphered or decoded message. (9 of 24 words, 3 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/decrypt

Random House Dictionary:

decrypt

to decode or decipher. (4 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/decrypt

New World Dictionary:

decrypt [United States]

to decode or decipher (4 of 10 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/decrypt

Encarta Dictionary:

decode | decoded [past tense] | decoding [present participle] | decodes [3rd-person singular present] | decrypt [sense-specific] | decrypted [sense-specific, past tense] | decrypting [sense-specific, present participle] | decrypts [sense-specific, 3rd-person singular present] | decodable [adjective, derived] | ...

to transform an encoded message into an understandable form | to transform an electronic signal into a usable form | to find the direct meaning of ... (24 of 86 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603155​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

decrypt

First use: 20th century

Origin: from de- + crypt, as in cryptic

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/decrypt

Oxford Dictionary:

decrypt

First use: 1930s

Origin: "de-" (expressing reversal) + crypt as in encrypt

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/decrypt

Online Etymology:

decrypt

First use: 1936

Origin: "to solve a cryptogram", from "de-" + "cryptogram".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=decrypt

Merriam-Webster:

decrypt

First use: 1935

Origin: International Scientific Vocabulary de- + cryptogram, cryptograph

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/decrypt

American Heritage Dictionary:

decrypt | decrypted [past tense] | decrypting [present participle] | decrypts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: "de-" + -crypt (from "cryptogram").

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/decrypt

New World Dictionary:

decrypt [United States]

Origin: "de-" + cryptogram

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/decrypt

de-

Origin: Latin, a prefix signifying separation, cessation, intensification, or contraction; also from French dé- ( from Latin de) or Old French ... (20 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/de-prefix

Encarta Dictionary:

decrypt [definition 1, definition 3] | decrypted [past tense] | decrypting [present participle] | decrypts [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-20th century

Origin: de- + cryptogram

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603212​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

decrypt

Audio: British English pronunciation of "decrypt"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/decrypt

Cambridge Dictionary:

decrypt

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "decrypt"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "decrypt"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/decrypt

Macmillan British Dictionary:

decrypt [transitive] | decrypted [past tense] | decrypting [present participle] | decrypts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "decrypt"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/decrypt

Macmillan American Dictionary:

decrypt [transitive] | decrypted [past tense] | decrypting [present participle] | decrypts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "decrypt"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/decrypt

the Free Dictionary:

decrypt

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "decrypt"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "decrypt"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "decrypt" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/decrypt

Google Dictionary:

decrypt | decrypts [plural] | decrypted [past tense] | decrypting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "decrypt"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=decrypt

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

decrypt

Audio: North American pronunciation of "decrypt"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=decryp​01 word=decrypt

YourDictionary Audio:

decrypt

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "decrypt"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/decrypt

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