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 securestprotected, solid, strong, sure, reliable, able, confident, easy, stable, insure, capture, buy, get, win, assure, ensure, gain, have, take, achieve
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Contemporary Examples of securest
It seemed impossible since the bank was known as one of the securest in the country.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Historical Examples of securest
"In the vaults of the tower will be the best and securest place," answered Alister.Lochinvar
S. R. Crockett
He was part of the proudest, strongest, and securest system of his time.Venetian Life
William Dean Howells
The securest fortress in the whole world had been already stormed.The City in the Clouds
C. Ranger Gull
My spirit cannot anticipate any harm to you, and I trust you to God with securest faith.Love Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Volume I (of 2)
The air had been invaded by the enemy, and guns in the heart of the securest city in the world were belching shells at it.Up and Down
Edward Frederic Benson
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.