- free from or not exposed to danger or harm; safe.
- dependable; firm; not liable to fail, yield, become displaced, etc., as a support or a fastening: The building was secure, even in an earthquake.
- affording safety, as a place: He needed a secure hideout.
- in safe custody or keeping: Here in the vault the necklace was secure.
- free from care; without anxiety: emotionally secure.
- firmly established, as a relationship or reputation: He earned a secure place among the baseball immortals.
- sure; certain; assured: secure of victory; secure in religious belief.
- safe from penetration or interception by unauthorized persons: secure radio communications between army units.
- Archaic. overconfident.
- to get hold or possession of; procure; obtain: to secure materials; to secure a high government position.
- to free from danger or harm; make safe: Sandbags secured the town during the flood.
- to effect; make certain of; ensure: The novel secured his reputation.
- to make firm or fast, as by attaching: to secure a rope.
- to assure payment of (a debt) by pledging property.
- to assure (a creditor) of payment by the pledge or mortgaging of property.
- to lock or fasten against intruders: to secure the doors.
- to protect from attack by taking cover, by building fortifications, etc.: The regiment secured its position.
- to capture (a person or animal): No one is safe until the murderer is secured.
- to tie up (a person), especially by binding the person's arms or hands; pinion.
- to guarantee the privacy or secrecy of: to secure diplomatic phone conversations.
- to be or become safe; have or obtain security.
- to cover openings and make movable objects fast: The crew was ordered to secure for sea.
- to be excused from duty: to secure from general quarters.
Origin of secure
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Examples from the Web for securely
And all the household cleaning chemicals and medications need to be inaccessibly and securely stored.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
November 14, 2014
However, there are plenty of existing federal systems that securely transmit personal information with private companies.
CEO Blake Hall tells me in an email that his system could have securely dealt with IRS data.
The order is securely dated like any proper product of a well run office.Chasing Cleopatra: Peter Stothard Writes About the Queen
August 8, 2013
The article inside declared that "the once securely buttoned-down fortress of male fashion is clearly under heavy siege."‘Male Plumage’ Then and Now: The Changing Face of Men’s Fashion
Clarisa Diaz, Michael Keller, Isabel Wilkinson
July 1, 2013
His nephew was securely disposed of for the night, being fastened in his chamber.
The mandate was obeyed, and Bates was lodged in the forecastle, securely ironed.
She had supposed she was leaning on John Gilman as securely as she had leaned on her father.
A second later, when he saw her securely on the road below, he smiled to himself.
The window is securely fastened, your Excellency, unless he breaks the glass.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
- free from danger, damage, etc
- free from fear, care, etc
- in safe custody
- not likely to fail, become loose, etc
- able to be relied on; certaina secure investment
- nautical stowed away or made inoperative
- archaic careless or overconfident
- (tr) to obtain or get possession ofI will secure some good seats
- (when intr, often foll by against) to make or become free from danger, fear, etc
- (tr) to make fast or firm; fasten
- (when intr, often foll by against) to make or become certain; guaranteethis plan will secure your happiness
- (tr) to assure (a creditor) of payment, as by giving security
- (tr) to make (a military position) safe from attack
- nautical to make (a vessel or its contents) safe or ready by battening down hatches, stowing gear, etc
- (tr) nautical to stow or make inoperativeto secure the radio
Word Origin and History for securely
1530s, "without care, dreading no evil," from Latin securus, of persons, "free from care, quiet, easy," also in a bad sense, "careless, reckless;" of things, "tranquil; free from danger, safe," from *se cura, from se "free from" (see secret (n.)) + cura "care" (see cure (n.)).
In English, of places, "free from danger, unexposed," from 1580s. Meaning "firmly fixed" (of material things) is from 1841, on notion of "affording grounds for confidence." Of telephones, "not wiretapped," from 1961. Replaced Middle English siker, from Old English sicor, from the Latin word. Related: Securely.
c.1600, "to make safe," from secure (adj.). Meaning "ensure, make certain" is from 1650s; that of "seize and hold" is from 1640s; sense of "get possession" is from 1743. Related: Secured; securing.