secure

adjective
se·​cure | \ si-ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce secure (audio) , -ˈkyər\
securer; securest

Definition of secure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a archaic : unwisely free from fear or distrust : overconfident
b : easy in mind : confident
c : assured in opinion or expectation : having no doubt
2a : free from danger
b : free from risk of loss
c : affording safety a secure hideaway
d : trustworthy, dependable a secure foundation
3 : assured sense 1 a secure victory

secure

verb
secured; securing

Definition of secure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to relieve from exposure to danger : act to make safe against adverse contingencies secure a supply line from enemy raids
b : to put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving : guarantee secure the blessings of libertyU.S. Constitution
c : to give pledge of payment to (a creditor) or of (an obligation) secure a note by a pledge of collateral
2a : to take (a person) into custody : hold fast : pinion
b : to make fast secure a door secure a bike to a tree
3a : to get secure usually lasting possession or control of secure a job
4 : to release (naval personnel) from work or duty

intransitive verb

1 of naval personnel : to stop work : go off duty
2 of a ship : to tie up : berth

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Other Words from secure

Adjective

securely adverb
secureness noun

Verb

securer noun

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Verb

ensure, insure, assure, secure mean to make a thing or person sure. 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

Adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The cost: $120 at apple.com The good: The BeatsX is a comfortable, lightweight, water-resistant, neckband-style Bluetooth headphone with a secure in-ear fit and good sound quality. Cnet.com, The Seattle Times, "The best wireless headphones for running," 23 Oct. 2018 Already in the works are check-in vestibules to provide a secure, one-way entrance to schools. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland ISD adding more on-campus police, mental health workers after Santa Fe shooting," 25 May 2018 Blockchains are maintained and updated simultaneously by multiple parties, providing a secure—in theory—and low-cost way of proving authentication. Gerrard Cowan, WSJ, "Blockchain ETF Asks for Patience," 6 May 2018 The sale is estimated to be worth 30 billion euros ($34 billion) at list prices, although buyers often secure discounts. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "China’s Xi sees honors, Airbus deal in state visit to France," 26 Mar. 2019 Though the decline in divorces and the increase in secure relationships are good things, Cohen makes sure to point out that the picture isn't entirely a rosy one. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The U.S. Divorce Rate Is Going Down, and We Have Millennials to Thank," 27 Feb. 2019 Sweep your hair around the right side of your head and find a secure spot to tuck the ends in. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "6 Super Cute Ways to Style Your Box Braids," 4 Feb. 2019 Then set the plywood pieces down into the rabbets and secure with glue and nails. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 YouTube creators like Hevesh rely on views and subscribers to retain ad deals and secure sponsorship deals — so when YouTube didn’t direct viewers to Hevesh on YouTube, the company cost her money directly. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube faces backlash on Twitter over lifted, uncredited holiday video," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Villanelle managed to secure her possessions while still shooting down Konstantin. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Quick Recap of Killing Eve Season One, Before the Hit Show Returns," 5 Apr. 2019 If your campsite has trash cans, be sure to secure the lids as tightly as possible. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up Camp," 2 Apr. 2019 All the state’s House and Senate seats are up in November, and Democrats are hoping to secure a majority in both houses. Alan Suderman, The Seattle Times, "Virginia governor finds ways to get beyond blackface scandal," 29 Mar. 2019 The world had taught me that my highest priority in life was to secure the affections of a man like you: 6-foot-2, white, American, a New York banker. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019 However, Charter has been negotiating with state officials to secure a deal that would let the company stay in the state. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter users who didn’t get promised speeds will get $75 or $150 refunds," 18 Dec. 2018 Here's a breakdown of his many accolades: Emmy Awards John has won one Emmy Award, which is actually the trophy that secured his EGOT status. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "How Did John Legend Win His EGOT?," 18 Mar. 2019 In the design world, entrepreneurs need to be experts not only in design, but also in production, operations, leadership, and financial processes like securing loans, accounting, and cash flow management. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Designer Anita Dongre Talks Dressing Priyanka Chopra, Beyoncé, and Sophie Turner," 14 Mar. 2019 The scandal itself involved parents allegedly paying bribes—as much as $500,000—to secure their children's spots into top schools. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Real Estate Developers Indicted Over College Admissions Scam," 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of secure

Adjective

circa 1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for secure

Adjective

Latin securus safe, secure, from se without + cura care — more at suicide

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secure

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of secure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: protected from danger or harm
: providing protection from danger or harm
: guarded so that no one can enter or leave without approval

secure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of secure (Entry 2 of 2)

somewhat formal
: to make (something) safe by guarding or protecting it
: to put (something) in a place or position so that it will not move
: to make (something) certain

secure

adjective
se·​cure | \ si-ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce secure (audio) \
securer; securest

Kids Definition of secure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : free from danger or risk Being home made me feel secure.
2 : strong or firm enough to ensure safety a secure lock
3 : free from worry or doubt : confident He's secure in his abilities.
4 : sure entry 1 sense 5, certain Victory is secure.

secure

verb
secured; securing

Kids Definition of secure (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make safe Police secured the building.
2 : to fasten or put something in a place to keep it from coming loose Secure your belongings under the seat.
3 : to get hold of : acquire … “Your father has finally secured passage for us …”— Theodore Taylor, The Cay
se·​cure
secured; securing

Legal Definition of secure

1 : to put beyond hazard of losing or not receiving secure the blessings of libertyU.S. Constitution preamble
2a : to protect or make certain (as by lien) make a just and equitable partition and secure the parties' respective interestsDenton v. Lazenby, 879 P.2d 607 (1994)
b : to give security for (as a loan) or otherwise assure the payment, performance, or execution of with security the court imposed a lien on his property to secure the judgment
c : to give or pledge security to (as a creditor) broadly : to cause to have security or a security interest a creditor secured by a lien on real property

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