• Secure


    • UK IPA: /səˈkjÊŠÉ™(ɹ)/, /səˈkjɔː(ɹ)/
    • US IPA: /səˈkjɔɹ/, /səˈkjÉš/

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    From Latin securus ("of persons, free from care, quiet, easy; in a bad sense, careless, reckless; of things, tranquil, also free from danger, safe, secure"), from se- ("without") + cura ("care"); see cure.

    Full definition of secure



    1. Free from attack or danger; protected.
    2. Free from the danger of theft; safe.
    3. Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
    4. Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
      • DrydenBut thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes.
    5. Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
    6. Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
    7. Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly used with of.secure of a welcome
      • MiltonConfidence then bore thee on, secure
        Either to meet no danger, or to find
        Matter of glorious trial.
    8. Overconfident; incautious; careless.


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    1. To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
      • DrydenI spread a cloud before the victor's sight,
        Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight.
    2. To put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; frequently with against or from, or formerly with of.to secure a creditor against loss; to secure a debt by a mortgage
      • T. DickIt secures its possessor of eternal happiness.
    3. To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping.to secure a prisoner; to secure a door, or the hatches of a ship
    4. To get possession of; to make oneself secure of; to acquire certainly.to secure an estate"Captain was able to secure some good photographs of the fortress." (Flight, 1911, p. 766)
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, The Mirror and the Lamp Chapter 3, One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis … interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
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