adjective, se·cur·er, se·cur·est.
verb (used with object), se·cured, se·cur·ing.
- to assure payment of (a debt) by pledging property.
- to assure (a creditor) of payment by the pledge or mortgaging of property.
verb (used without object), se·cured, se·cur·ing.
- 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.
- secure server,
- secure tenancy,
- secure unit,
Origin of secure
Examples from the Web for secure
Their leader, Njie, still going by “Dave” during the operation, would stay a safe distance away until the State House was secure.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, we have just had a necessary wake-up call that all is not as secure as we believed.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat|Clive Irving|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I want to bring this to your kind attention with the hope that you will help me secure an unbiased resolution.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Within its walls he was as secure as was the ancient Hebrew in his city of refuge.Milton's England|Lucia Ames Mead
The object of my life has been to secure the greatest amount of pleasure--that being the best thing of which we can conceive.Zenobia|William Ware
He had merely come to make himself sure that his prisoner was secure.The Shepherd of the North|Richard Aumerle Maher
And yet how else are we to prevent the annoyance, and secure our property?There She Blows!|William Hussey Macy
It is made very difficult for a woman to secure a divorce, etc.The Modern Woman's Rights Movement|Kaethe Schirmacher
Word Origin for secure
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.