ensure, insure, and assure are interchangeable in many contexts where they indicate the making certain or inevitable of an outcome, but ensure may imply a virtual guarantee
the government has ensured the safety of the refugees
, while insure sometimes stresses the taking of necessary measures beforehand
careful planning should insure the success of the party
, and assure distinctively implies the removal of doubt and suspense from a person's mind.
I assure you that no harm will be done
secure implies action taken to guard against attack or loss.
sent reinforcements to secure their position
Examples of secure in a Sentence
We need to make our network more secure against attacks by hackers.
The children were safe and secure in their beds.
A safe is provided to keep your valuables secure from potential thieves.
You should store your valuables in a secure place.
How secure is your front door?
You are now entering a secure area.
I'm feeling secure about my place in the company.
The company has established a secure foothold in the market.
He believes his job is secure.
They didn't begin to celebrate until they knew their victory was secure. Verb
We must secure the country's borders. Secure your belongings under the seat.secure a child safety seat
The seat is secured to the base by three screws.
She scored a goal to secure the team's victory.
She secured the zoo's future with a handsome bequest.
He secured a loan using his house as collateral. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The suction cup attaches to a windshield or dashboard pad (and proved secure in our testing) and the telescopic arm delivers a wide range of movement for the ideal position.—Brenda Stolyar, WIRED, 21 Nov. 2023 The Indigo Disk takes places in the Blueberry Academy’s secure, underwater campus, which houses four distinct biomes.—Jordan Moreau, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Putin appears politically secure and in control of the levers of power, from the military and security services to the media and public narrative.—Richard Haass and Charles Kupchan, Foreign Affairs, 17 Nov. 2023 For extra pizzazz, sprinkle colorful ornaments or bells between the pinecones and secure with floral wire.—Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Nov. 2023 Uniquely made with a blend of cotton and velvet, the cushiony rod cones paired can be paired with two clips and two scrunchies for a secure hold.—Neha Tandon, Glamour, 15 Nov. 2023 The mask has a cotton liner and adjustable ear loops for a secure fit.
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While silk does require special care, that shouldn't discourage you from investing in silk accessories.—Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 13 Nov. 2023 Political clashes and polarization, stagnant wage growth amid historically high inflation and rising interest rates, and threats of layoffs are seeping into the workplace and affecting how secure employees feel.—Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 These partnerships between government, corporations and legal and academic researchers were praised after 2020 as a crucial part of ensuring a secure election.—Kevin Collier, NBC News, 10 Nov. 2023
Eyes on 2024: Black voters sour on Biden Support from Black voters helped President Joe Biden secure the Democratic nomination and the presidency in 2020, but the latest NBC News poll shows Biden’s support among Black voters is waning.—Mark Murray, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2023 Religious tensions have existed in India since independence in 1947, and Modi’s right-wing followers in his Bharatiya Janata Party and beyond turned to inflammatory rhetoric and violence against Muslims to secure support from Hindus.—Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 The Bulldogs were 8-1, ranked in the top 25 and coming off a 37-30 win over Boise State to secure the inside track on a Mountain West championship game berth.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2023 The United States has been engaged for weeks in indirect talks with Israel, Hamas and Qatar to secure an agreement.—Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, China continues its forward path, securing this year a spot in the top 20 (ranking 20th) due to its formidable technological prowess.—Bysoumitra Dutta, Fortune Europe, 21 Nov. 2023 It was previously announced that the company has also secured a deal with CBS to air the Golden Globe Awards in 2024.—Joe Otterson, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 With fall in full swing and winter upon us, our favorite e-tailers are giving us a head start to secure some of the season’s top trends: Net-a-Porter kicks things off with deals on Max Mara’s plush teddy coats, The Attico party heels, and chic faux leather jeans from Agolde.—Maia Torres, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023 To do so, Washington should encourage Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to deepen their diplomatic and economic engagement with Iran in order to secure Tehran’s acquiescence to a permanent settlement for the Palestinian issue and de-escalation in the Levant.—Maria Fantappie and Vali Nasr, Foreign Affairs, 20 Nov. 2023 See More
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Latin securus safe, secure, from se without + cura care — more at suicide