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secure

[ si-kyoor ]
/ sɪˈkyʊər /
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adjective, se·cur·er, se·cur·est.
verb (used with object), se·cured, se·cur·ing.
verb (used without object), se·cured, se·cur·ing.
to be or become safe; have or obtain security.
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.
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Origin of secure

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

synonym study for secure

1. See safe. 10. See get.

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British Dictionary definitions for secure

secure
/ (sɪˈkjʊə) /

adjective
verb

Derived forms of secure

Word Origin for secure

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