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secure

adjective se·cure \ si-ˈkyu̇r , -'kyər \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of secure

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

securely

adverb

secureness

noun

Examples of secure in a Sentence

  1. We need to make our network more secure against attacks by hackers.

  2. The children were safe and secure in their beds.

  3. A safe is provided to keep your valuables secure from potential thieves.

  4. You should store your valuables in a secure place.

  5. How secure is your front door?

  6. You are now entering a secure area.

  7. I'm feeling secure about my place in the company.

  8. The company has established a secure foothold in the market.

  9. He believes his job is secure.

  10. They didn't begin to celebrate until they knew their victory was secure.

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Origin and Etymology of secure

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


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secure

verb

Definition of secure

secured; securing
transitive verb
1 a : 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 liberty
  • U.S. Constitution
c : to give pledge of payment to (a creditor) or of (an obligation)
  • secure a note by a pledge of collateral
2 a : to take (a person) into custody : hold fast : pinion
b : to make fast
  • secure a door
  • secure a bike to a tree
3 a : 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

securer

noun

Examples of secure in a Sentence

  1. We must secure the country's borders.

  2. Secure your belongings under the seat.

  3. secure a child safety seat

  4. The seat is secured to the base by three screws.

  5. She scored a goal to secure the team's victory.

  6. She secured the zoo's future with a handsome bequest.

  7. He secured a loan using his house as collateral.

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First Known Use of secure

1588

Synonym Discussion of secure

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


SECURE Defined for English Language Learners

secure

adjective

Definition of secure for English Language Learners

  • : protected from danger or harm

  • : providing protection from danger or harm

  • : guarded so that no one can enter or leave without approval


secure

verb

Definition of secure for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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secure

adjective se·cure \ si-ˈkyu̇r \

Definition of secure for Students

securer; securest
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 : 1sure 5, certain
  • Victory is secure.

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secure

verb

Definition of secure for Students

secured; securing
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

Law Dictionary

secure

transitive verb se·cure

legal Definition of secure

secured; securing
1 : to put beyond hazard of losing or not receiving
  • secure the blessings of liberty
  • U.S. Constitution preamble
2 a : to protect or make certain (as by lien)
  • make a just and equitable partition and secure the parties' respective interests
  • Denton 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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