Thesaurus

secure

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of secure

  1. 1 having or showing great faith in oneself or one's abilities he's so secure about winning the marathon that he's practically spent the prize money Synonyms of secure assured, confident, self-asserting, self-assured, self-confidentWords Related to secure collected, composed, cool, coolheaded, poised, recollected, self-possessed, serene, tranquil, unperturbed, unshaken; hopeful, optimistic, rosy, sanguine, upbeat; complacent, conceited, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), important, overweening, pompous, prideful, proud, self-affected, self-applauding, self-centered, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-contented, self-important, self-pleased, self-satisfied; self-promoting, smug, stuck-up, vain, vainglorious; imperturbable, nerveless, unflappable, unself-conscious, unshakable; disciplined, self-collected, self-composed, self-contained, self-controlled, self-poised; self-reliant, self-sufficientNear Antonyms of secure meek, timid, unassertive; humble, modest, unassuming, unpretentious; jittery, jumpy, nervous; bashful, demure, mousy (or mousey), overmodest, quiet, reserved, shy; self-critical, self-reproachful, self-reprovingAntonyms of secure diffident, insecure, self-distrustful, self-doubting

  2. 2 not exposed to the threat of loss or injury the fortress was thought to be secure against attack Synonyms of secure all right, alright, safeWords Related to secure hale, healthy, intact, sound, well, whole; scatheless, unharmed, unhurt, uninjured, unscathedNear Antonyms of secure damaged, harmed, hurt, injured, scathed, woundedAntonyms of secure endangered, exposed, imperiled (or imperilled), insecure, liable, open, subject (to), susceptible, threatened, unsafe, violable, vulnerable

  3. 3 providing safety escaped to a secure location Synonyms of secure safe, snugWords Related to secure guarding, protecting, safeguarding, sheltering, shielding; defended, guarded, protected, sheltered, shielded; impregnable, inviolable, invulnerable, unassailable, unconquerableNear Antonyms of secure menacing, minatory, parlous, perilous, threatening; undefended, unguarded, unprotected, vulnerable; precarious, treacherous, uncertainAntonyms of secure dangerous, hazardous, insecure, risky, unsafe

  4. 4 worthy of one's trust a fund that should provide them with a secure income in their retirement Synonyms of secure calculable, good, reliable, responsible, safe, dependable, solid, steady, sure, tried, tried-and-true, true, trustable, trustworthy, trustyWords Related to secure constant, devoted, faithful, fast, loyal, staunch (also stanch), steadfast, true-blue; honest, sincere, single-minded; infallible, unerring; bedrock, firm, sound, strong; effective, telling; attested, authenticated, confirmed, proven, valid, validated, verified; blameless, faultless, guiltless, impeccable, inerrant, irreproachable, unimpeachable, unquestionableNear Antonyms of secure disloyal, faithless, false, fickle, inconstant, perfidious, recreant, traitorous, treacherous, unfaithful, untrue; deceitful, dishonest, lying, mendacious, untruthful; debatable, disputable, doubtable, doubtful, dubious, fishy, problematic (also problematical), questionable, shady, shaky, suspect, uncertain, unsound; hazardous, risky; unconfirmed, untriedAntonyms of secure dodgy [chiefly British], uncertain, undependable, unreliable, unsafe, untrustworthy


secure

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of secure

  1. 1 to drive danger or attack away from sent troops to secure the city Synonyms of secure bulwark, cover, fence, fend, forfend, guard, keep, protect, safeguard, screen, defend, shield, wardWords Related to secure avert, prevent; oppose, resist, withstand; battle, contend, fight, war; conserve, preserve, save; buffer, palisade, picket, wallNear Antonyms of secure bombard, storm; beset, besiege, overrun; capitulate, cave, submit, yieldAntonyms of secure assail, assault, attack

  2. 2 to make sure, certain, or safe a retirement account that will help to secure our future Synonyms of secure assure, cinch, guarantee, guaranty, ice, insure, ensureWords Related to secure attest, certify, vouch, warrant, witness; pledge, promise, swearNear Antonyms of secure enfeeble, undermine, weaken

  3. 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 of secure anchor, catch, clamp, fix, hitch, moor, fasten, setWords Related to secure embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, stuff, wedgeNear Antonyms of secure extract, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, wrest, yankAntonyms of secure loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen

  4. 4 to receive as return for effort finally secured a job after sending out dozens of applications Synonyms of secure acquire, attain, bag, bring in, capture, carry, come by, draw, gain, garner, get, knock down, land, make, obtain, procure, pull down, realize, reap, earn, winWords Related to secure clear, gross, net; accomplish, achieve, notch (up), score; accumulate, amass, draw, rack up; catch, pick up; annex, occupy, take over; reacquire, reattain, recapture, regain, remakeNear Antonyms of secure accord, give, grant, pay; give up, hand over, part (with), relinquish, surrender, yieldAntonyms of secure forfeit, lose

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


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