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.
Origin of secure
Synonyms for secure
Antonyms for secure
Related Words for securedinsure, capture, buy, get, win, assure, ensure, gain, have, take, achieve, guarantee, fix, clinch, settle, cement, defend, safeguard, grasp, land
Examples from the Web for secured
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of secured
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
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.