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 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|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Along with amnesty, our borders were to be secured once and for all.
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|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Patterson secured the permission of the landowner to venture onto the property.
We found that Mrs. Spiker had secured her rights, and was on duty that day as nurse.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
As a political result it would have secured to me the possession of the throne.Hortense, Makers of History Series|John S. C. Abbott
His schooling, which was slight, was secured in his native town.Great Inventions and Discoveries|Willis Duff Piercy
This was agreed to, under articles of capitulation, by which the effects of the people therein were secured to them.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2|Edgerton Ryerson
He next exerted himself in the cause of two young lovers, and secured their happiness.The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley
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.