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[ si-kyoor ]


, se·cur·er, se·cur·est.
  1. free from or not exposed to danger or harm; safe.

    Antonyms: unsafe

  2. dependable; firm; not liable to fail, yield, become displaced, etc., as a support or a fastening:

    The building was secure, even in an earthquake.

    Synonyms: fixed, fast, stable

  3. affording safety, as a place:

    He needed a secure hideout.

  4. in safe custody or keeping:

    Here in the vault the necklace was secure.

  5. free from care; without anxiety:

    emotionally secure.

  6. firmly established, as a relationship or reputation:

    He earned a secure place among the baseball immortals.

  7. sure; certain; assured:

    secure of victory;

    secure in religious belief.

    Synonyms: confident

  8. safe from penetration or interception by unauthorized persons:

    secure radio communications between army units.

  9. Archaic. overconfident.

verb (used with object)

, se·cured, se·cur·ing.
  1. to get hold or possession of; procure; obtain:

    to secure materials;

    to secure a high government position.

    Synonyms: gain

  2. to free from danger or harm; make safe:

    Sandbags secured the town during the flood.

    Synonyms: safeguard, guard, protect

  3. to effect; make certain of; ensure:

    The novel secured his reputation.

    Synonyms: guarantee, assure

  4. to make firm or fast, as by attaching:

    to secure a rope.

  5. Finance.
    1. to assure payment of (a debt) by pledging property.
    2. to assure (a creditor) of payment by the pledge or mortgaging of property.
  6. to lock or fasten against intruders:

    to secure the doors.

  7. to protect from attack by taking cover, by building fortifications, etc.:

    The regiment secured its position.

  8. to capture (a person or animal):

    No one is safe until the murderer is secured.

  9. to tie up (a person), especially by binding the person's arms or hands; pinion.
  10. to guarantee the privacy or secrecy of:

    to secure diplomatic phone conversations.

verb (used without object)

, se·cured, se·cur·ing.
  1. to be or become safe; have or obtain security.
  2. Nautical.
    1. to cover openings and make movable objects fast:

      The crew was ordered to secure for sea.

    2. to be excused from duty:

      to secure from general quarters.


/ sɪˈkjʊə /


  1. free from danger, damage, etc
  2. free from fear, care, etc
  3. in safe custody
  4. not likely to fail, become loose, etc
  5. able to be relied on; certain

    a secure investment

  6. nautical stowed away or made inoperative
  7. archaic.
    careless or overconfident


  1. tr to obtain or get possession of

    I will secure some good seats

  2. whenintr, often foll by against to make or become free from danger, fear, etc
  3. tr to make fast or firm; fasten
  4. whenintr, often foll by against to make or become certain; guarantee

    this plan will secure your happiness

  5. tr to assure (a creditor) of payment, as by giving security
  6. tr to make (a military position) safe from attack
  7. nautical to make (a vessel or its contents) safe or ready by battening down hatches, stowing gear, etc
  8. tr nautical to stow or make inoperative

    to secure the radio

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Derived Forms

  • seˈcurer, noun
  • seˈcurely, adverb
  • seˈcureness, noun
  • seˈcurement, noun
  • seˈcurable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • se·cura·ble adjective
  • se·curely adverb
  • se·cureness noun
  • se·curer noun
  • over·se·cure adjective verb (used with object) oversecured oversecuring
  • over·se·curely adverb
  • pre·se·cure verb (used with object) presecured presecuring
  • quasi-se·cure adjective
  • quasi-se·curely adverb
  • rese·cure verb resecured resecuring
  • super·se·cure adjective
  • super·se·curely adverb
  • super·se·cureness noun
  • unse·cure adjective
  • unse·curely adverb
  • unse·cureness noun
  • well-se·cured adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of secure1

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin sēcūrus “carefree,” equivalent to sē- se- + cūr(a) “care” ( cure ) + -us, adjective suffix; sure

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Word History and Origins

Origin of secure1

C16: from Latin sēcūrus free from care, from sē- without + cūra care

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Synonym Study

See safe. See get.

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Example Sentences

He said he did so to secure more personalized attention during his pre-fight camp.

The irony is as India prepares a bill to ban bitcoin in India, the world is turning to our massive technical talent in India to secure and safeguard the bitcoin network.

Surveillance video then shows Pence, along with his security detail and members of his family and staff, being evacuated down a Capitol stairway to a secure location away from the building.

They took advantage, securing the franchise’s second Super Bowl title and its first in 18 years.

Its path to monopoly may have seemed organic to most, but the tactics the company used to secure such dominance are now under scrutiny.

Their leader, Njie, still going by “Dave” during the operation, would stay a safe distance away until the State House was secure.

I need to resist my urge to talk them into my truth, just so I can feel more comfortable and secure.

If someone wants to ensure a direct and secure connection, no entity, whether a hotel or otherwise, should be able to block it.

However, we have just had a necessary wake-up call that all is not as secure as we believed.

I want to bring this to your kind attention with the hope that you will help me secure an unbiased resolution.

Polavieja, as everybody knew, was the chosen executive of the friars, whose only care was to secure their own position.

Nearly half the regiment ran to secure their picketed horses, armed themselves in hot haste, and galloped to the gaol.

The whole aim is to secure the development of character by the expression of the highest elements of character.

Even genius, however, needs direction and adjustment to secure the most perfect and reliable results.

Feeling secure regarding their happiness and welfare, she did not miss them except with an occasional intense longing.





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