Definition of password in English:



  • 1A secret word or phrase that must be used to gain admission to a place.

    ‘if you don't know the password you can't come in’
    • ‘Rising and rising, they re-enter the Fish Sauce shop where he must repeat the password.’
    • ‘When the minicab driver alerted the base with a secret password the man fled empty-handed.’
    • ‘The handful of people in Nairobi who have managed to buy the book used a secret Swahili password.’
    • ‘As if some secret password has removed the laws of gravity for a moment, this massive jet bounds skywards.’
    • ‘These partisan leagues were established as secret societies with passwords and rituals.’
    • ‘Maybe there is a secret password for obtaining double beds and I don't know as it yet.’
    • ‘He found a secret door, gave a password and proceeded to the chambers of the Boss.’
    • ‘It sounded like a password and every day at lunch he followed her obediently like a dog in the café.’
    • ‘My credit is good, I know all my secret passwords, I just live in more than one place.’
    • ‘They were a secret detective society you see, with secret meetings, and a secret badge, and passwords and codes and everything.’
    • ‘To win a place in the final they needed to give the correct password.’
    • ‘She smiled politely and pointed to the telephones and asked me whether I had been set up with a password to use it.’
    • ‘The space is playful and curious, like finding a secret hideout that you need a password to enter.’
    • ‘She could have used a password like these kids - but now she'd be in jail.’
    • ‘Tell children not to open the door to anyone who does not have a pre-arranged password.’
    • ‘Just goes to show, you should never use your husbands name as a password to administer a poll.’
    word of identification, sign, signal, word
    open sesame
    watchword, countersign, parole
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    1. 1.1A string of characters that allows access to a computer, interface, or system.
      ‘each user has a password in order to log on to the network’
      • ‘Then one day the computer forgot the mailbox password and no one could connect to access their emails.’
      • ‘Once the visitor has logged on, the site records passwords and other sensitive bank account details, which can later be used by fraudsters.’
      • ‘With an FTP server, you can specify the user names and passwords of the people allowed into your system.’
      • ‘To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required.’
      • ‘Fraudsters also use key-logging software to capture passwords entered on a computer.’
      • ‘Results are available through a password protected computer system.’
      • ‘That cookie might store a user name and password to access a particular web site.’
      • ‘When they launch a browser, a login window appears and the user name and password are used for access for the paid for period of time.’
      • ‘Comptia recommended that computer users have different passwords for different uses.’
      • ‘I tipped them off, changed their passwords again to lock him back out, and removed myself from all association.’
      • ‘They can't say that the user must keep his password secure or his machine virus-free.’
      • ‘I had a password and access to the system in order to check arrivals at the Reception desk.’
      • ‘I popped open the laptop and punched in the seven passwords that would gain me entrance to my more covert files.’
      • ‘Keychain is the Mac OS ' secure password storage system, allowing passwords to be accessed through a single master code.’
      • ‘You also call them and let them know the password so that he or she can open it on their computer.’
      • ‘The malware records passwords and keystrokes once users of infected machines visit targeted websites.’
      • ‘The same password that provides Internet access, is also used to control access to subscriber email.’
      • ‘Hackers frequently crack open accounts by simply running through a list of likely passwords, so choosing the obvious is foolhardy.’
      • ‘Even my little laptop has the power and ability to sniff a wireless network, and figure out passwords etc.’
      • ‘These can be used by fraudsters to work out security codes and passwords and log into customers' accounts.’