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

Definition of secure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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 make fast secure a door secure a bike to a tree
b : to take (a person) into custody : hold fast : pinion
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


securely adverb
secureness noun


securer noun

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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 Which is why the ability to defend your networks, to be secure, is absolutely critical. CBS News, "Transcript: Robert Ashley talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 15 Jan. 2020 But if the carts were somewhat showy, they were also meant to be secure. James Barron, New York Times, "How Tiffany Moved 114,000 Gems Without Getting Robbed," 13 Jan. 2020 Once more funding is secure, Bassett said the company wants to further expand, increase its marketing and offer more through an app. William Thornton |, al, "Birmingham-born Sweeple looks to ‘clean up’ in Huntsville," 6 Jan. 2020 Ballard and owner Jim Irsay voiced their support for the coach in recent days, so his job is secure. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: A step-by-step examination of Chris Ballard's offseason to-do list," 5 Jan. 2020 Young people can go to locations with these signs in times of crisis to find a secure place to stay and be connected with a youth service agency or shelter, the program website says. Elizabeth Wolfe And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "McDonald's employees call police after a woman mouths 'help me' in the drive thru," 27 Dec. 2019 There also won't be any decision on whether a second round of voting is needed until the final results are out, and Ghani's lead of over 50% is secure. Arkansas Online, "Afghan president wins 2nd term in preliminary vote count," 22 Dec. 2019 There also won't be any decision on whether a second round of voting is needed until the final results are out, and Ghani's lead of over 50 percent is secure. NBC News, "Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term in preliminary vote count," 22 Dec. 2019 Do make sure the base of the tree is secure in case Mr. Whiskers goes full-out lemur. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "People Are Sharing the Best Photos of Their Cats Playing in Christmas Trees," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 1994, President Bill Clinton brokered a second peace treaty, this time between Israel and Jordan, that helped to secure the Hashemite kingdom and stabilize the Middle East heartland. Martin Indyk, WSJ, "The Middle East Isn’t Worth It Anymore," 17 Jan. 2020 Buck Henry, who died Wednesday, helped secure his place in Hollywood history with his adaptation of the 1963 Charles Webb novel. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Exclusive: Dustin Hoffman remembers The Graduate scribe Buck Henry," 11 Jan. 2020 Experts say securing that license is a complicated process that can take months or even years. Author: Isabelle Khurshudyan, Anchorage Daily News, "Ukraine investigators consider possibility a missile brought down jet over Tehran," 9 Jan. 2020 Jones was instrumental in helping secure a pivotal grant that allowed the lab to make batches of human-grade vaccine so it could be tested in people. Helen Branswell, STAT, "An Ebola vaccine was more than two decades in the making. Here are some key people who made it happen," 7 Jan. 2020 Dallas County Commissioner Theresa Daniel helped secure $5 million in funding from the county, part of which the Dallas City Council will consider approving tomorrow. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Castro endorses Warren, 5 things to watch in 2020, McKinney’s rockin’ mayor," 7 Jan. 2020 In early December, another woman helped him secure an apartment in Ensley that would also accept his three dogs. Carol Robinson |, al, "California man charged in abduction of Alabama woman," 31 Dec. 2019 Kansas City holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over New England thanks to a victory two weeks ago that helped secure their fourth AFC West title in a row. oregonlive, "Patrick Mahomes leads Kansas City to rout over the Chicago Bears: Sunday Night Football recap, score, stats and more," 23 Dec. 2019 Many voters would agree that after the 2016 election, securing the democratic process in the United States is of paramount importance. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Congress waited too long to start securing the 2020 elections," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of secure


circa 1545, in the meaning defined at sense 2c


1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for secure


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

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The first known use of secure was circa 1545

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19 Jan 2020

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“Secure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce secure (audio)

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



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


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.


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
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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