- 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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Antonyms for secure
Related Words for secureprotected, solid, strong, sure, reliable, able, confident, easy, stable, insure, capture, buy, get, win, assure, ensure, gain, have, take, achieve
Examples from the Web for secure
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 6, 2015
I need to resist my urge to talk them into my truth, just so I can feel more comfortable and secure.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
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
December 31, 2014
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
December 27, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of secure
All laws to secure these ends will receive my best efforts for their enforcement.
Fruitful seasons have done much to secure it, but they have not done all.
But this man must be secure that humility would be an ornament to him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
If an increase of power was needed to secure this, they would not fail to ask it.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He helped me secure the position of assistant in English, and here I am.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- 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 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.