- 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 secured
The Senate Intelligence Committee report says they secured a contract with the CIA in 2006 valued “in excess of $180 million.”The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
Jonathan Moore, who secured the $1.7 million settlement in the Stewart case, is representing them.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
Along with amnesty, our borders were to be secured once and for all.The Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration
November 25, 2014
Her mother was illiterate, but she secured a tutor for both her sons and her daughters, and Juana could read by the age of 3.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
Patterson secured the permission of the landowner to venture onto the property.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
But can the safety of the state be secured by merely excluding the vicious poor?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Such men were secured in the first place by handsome bribes.
Not until he had secured such information did the leader move.
In the grass there can still be seen the stone to which the bull-ring was secured.Yorkshire Painted And Described
No; we have secured the best teachers that we could for them, but each one has been a failure.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- 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 secured
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.