Secure meaning

sĭ-kyo͝or'
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.

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Free from danger or attack.

A secure fortress.

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Careless or overconfident.
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Free from risk of loss; safe.

Her papers were secure in the vault.

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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.

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Free from the risk of being intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons.

Only one telephone line in the embassy was secure.

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Free from fear, anxiety, or doubt.

Felt secure in his old job.

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Reliable; dependable.

Secure investments.

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To make firm or tight; fasten.
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To make certain; ensure.

The speaker could not secure the goodwill of the audience.

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To get possession of; acquire.

Secured a job.

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To capture or confine.

They secured the suspect in the squad car.

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To bring about; effect.

Secured release of the hostages.

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To protect or ensure the privacy or secrecy of (a telephone line, for example).
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Free from fear, care, doubt, or anxiety; not worried, troubled, or apprehensive.
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Free from danger; not exposed to damage, attack, etc.; safe.
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In safekeeping or custody.
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Reliable; dependable.

A secure investment.

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Protected from unauthorized access.

A secure phone line.

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Overconfident and careless.
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To make secure, or safe; guard; protect.

To secure a position against attack.

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To make sure or certain; guarantee; ensure, as with a pledge.

To secure a loan with collateral.

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To get hold or possession of; obtain; acquire.

To secure aid.

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To take into custody; capture.
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To bring about; cause.

To secure a laugh.

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To give security.

An insurance policy that secures against loss.

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To stop working.
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Free from attack or danger; protected.
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Free from the danger of theft; safe.
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Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
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Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
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Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
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Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly used with of.

Secure of a welcome.

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Overconfident; incautious; careless.

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To make secure (in all the above senses).

"[Captain] was able to secure some good photographs of the fortress." (Flight, 1911, p. 766)

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Assured; certain.

With three goals in the first period they had a secure victory, but somehow they lost.

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To guard from danger or risk of loss.

The troops secured the area before the civilians were allowed to return.

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Not likely to fail or give way; firm; strong; stable.

To make a knot secure.

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Origin of secure

  • Latin sēcūrus sē- without s(w)e- in Indo-European roots cūra care cure
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin securus (“of persons, free from care, quiet, easy; in a bad sense, careless, reckless; of things, tranquil, also free from danger, safe, secure"), from se- (“without") + cura (“care"); see cure.
    From Wiktionary