Secure definition

sĭ-kyo͝or
Free from risk of loss; safe.

Her papers were secure in the vault.

adjective
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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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Free from danger or attack.

A secure fortress.

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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.

verb
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To give security.

An insurance policy that secures against loss.

verb
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6
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Free from fear, care, doubt, or anxiety; not worried, troubled, or apprehensive.
adjective
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To make firm or tight; fasten.
verb
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To relieve (personnel) from duty.
verb
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(archaic) Overconfident and careless.
adjective
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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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Firmly fastened.

A secure lock.

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Protected from unauthorized access.

A secure phone line.

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To get possession of; acquire.

Secured a job.

verb
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In safekeeping or custody.
adjective
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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.

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

To secure a laugh.

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To make firm, fast, tight, etc.

Secure the bolt.

verb
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To put under restraint; tie up.
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To bring to a halt; stop.
verb
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(naut.) To stop working.
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Free from attack or danger; protected.
adjective
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Free from the danger of theft; safe.
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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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Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
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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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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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(archaic) Careless or overconfident.
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Not likely to fail or give way; stable.

A secure stepladder.

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To guard from danger or risk of loss.

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

verb
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To make certain; ensure.

The speaker could not secure the goodwill of the audience.

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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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2
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To protect or ensure the privacy or secrecy of (a telephone line, for example).
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To guarantee payment of (a loan, for example).
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To guarantee payment to (a creditor).
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Free from danger; not exposed to damage, attack, etc.; safe.
adjective
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Not likely to fail or give way; firm; strong; stable.

To make a knot secure.

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Reliable; dependable.

A secure investment.

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To make secure, or safe; guard; protect.

To secure a position against attack.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
secure
Comparative:
securer
Superlative:
securest

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