- The definition of secure is something that is fastened securely. The definition of secure also is being free from danger or loss.
- An example of secure is something that has been nailed in place.
- An example of secure is the feeling you are get when you are in your house and all the doors are locked.
- To secure is to firmly attach something, to take action to make an area safe or to obtain something that you have been seeking.
- An example of secure is when you tie something down.
- An example of secure is when you lock up your money in a safe to protect it.
- An example of secure is when you get hired for a job you've been trying really hard to get.
- free from fear, care, doubt, or anxiety; not worried, troubled, or apprehensive
- free from danger; not exposed to damage, attack, etc.; safe
- in safekeeping or custody
- not likely to fail or give way; firm; strong; stable: to make a knot secure
- reliable; dependable: a secure investment
- protected from unauthorized access: a secure phone line
- Archaic overconfident and careless
Origin of secureClassical Latin securus ; from se-, free from, apart (see secede) + cura, care: see cure
- to make secure, or safe; guard; protect: to secure a position against attack
- to make sure or certain; guarantee; ensure, as with a pledge: to secure a loan with collateral
- to make firm, fast, tight, etc.: secure the bolt
- to put under restraint; tie up
- to get hold or possession of; obtain; acquire: to secure aid
- to take into custody; capture
- to bring about; cause: to secure a laugh
- to relieve (personnel) from duty
- to bring to a halt; stop
- to give security: an insurance policy that secures against loss
- Naut. to stop working: said of personnel
- Free from danger or attack: a secure fortress.
- Free from risk of loss; safe: Her papers were secure in the vault.
- Free from the risk of being intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons: Only one telephone line in the embassy was secure.
- Free from fear, anxiety, or doubt: felt secure in his old job.
- a. Not likely to fail or give way; stable: a secure stepladder.b. Firmly fastened: a secure lock.
- Reliable; dependable: secure investments.
- Assured; certain: With three goals in the first period they had a secure victory, but somehow they lost.
- Archaic Careless or overconfident.
transitive verbse·cured, se·cur·ing, se·cures
- To guard from danger or risk of loss: The troops secured the area before the civilians were allowed to return.
- To make firm or tight; fasten. See Synonyms at fasten.
- To make certain; ensure: The speaker could not secure the goodwill of the audience.
- a. To guarantee payment of (a loan, for example).b. To guarantee payment to (a creditor).
- To get possession of; acquire: secured a job.
- To capture or confine: They secured the suspect in the squad car.
- To bring about; effect: secured release of the hostages.
- To protect or ensure the privacy or secrecy of (a telephone line, for example).
Origin of secureLatin s&emacron;c&umacron;rus : s&emacron;-, without; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + c&umacron;ra, care; see cure.
(comparative securer or more secure, superlative securest or most secure)
- Free from attack or danger; protected.
- Free from the danger of theft; safe.
- Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
- Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
- Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
- Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
- Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly used with of.
- secure of a welcome
- Overconfident; incautious; careless.
(third-person singular simple present secures, present participle securing, simple past and past participle secured)
- To make secure (in all the above senses).
- "[Captain] was able to secure some good photographs of the fortress." (Flight, 1911, p. 766)