Thesaurus

secure

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of secure

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to drive danger or attack away from
  • sent troops to secure the city

Synonyms for secure

Words Related to secure

Phrases Synonymous with secure

Near Antonyms for secure

Antonyms for secure

2 to make sure, certain, or safe
  • a retirement account that will help to secure our future

Synonyms for secure

Words Related to secure

Near Antonyms for secure

3 to put securely in place or in a desired position
  • candidates for admission are asked to secure a recent photo to their application forms

Synonyms for secure

Words Related to secure

Near Antonyms for secure

Antonyms for secure

4 to receive as return for effort
  • finally secured a job after sending out dozens of applications

Synonyms for secure

Words Related to secure

Near Antonyms for secure

Antonyms for secure

secure

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of secure (Entry 2 of 2)

2 not exposed to the threat of loss or injury
  • the fortress was thought to be secure against attack

Synonyms for secure

Words Related to secure

Phrases Synonymous with secure

Near Antonyms for secure

Antonyms for secure

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About secure

How is the word secure distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of secure are assure, ensure, and insure. While all these words mean "to make a thing or person sure," secure implies action taken to guard against attack or loss.

sent reinforcements to secure their position

When can assure be used instead of secure?

The words assure and secure can be used in similar contexts, but assure distinctively implies the removal of doubt and suspense from a person's mind.

I assure you that no harm will be done

How does the word ensure relate to other synonyms for secure?

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

When is it sensible to use insure instead of secure?

While the synonyms insure and secure are close in meaning, insure sometimes stresses the taking of necessary measures beforehand.

careful planning should insure the success of the party

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about secure

Time Traveler for secure

Time Traveler

The first known use of secure was circa 1545

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Secure.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/secure. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on secure

Dictionary: Definition of secure

Nglish: Translation of secure for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of secure for Arabic Speakers

Comments on secure

What made you want to look up secure? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!