noun, plural se·cu·ri·ties.
- something given or deposited as surety for the fulfillment of a promise or an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.
- one who becomes surety for another.
Origin of security
Synonyms for security
Related Words for securitiesfreedom, preservation, surveillance, bond, guarantee, insurance, care, confidence, sanctuary, pledge, pawn, armament, guard, defense, promise, asylum, surety, custody, shield, compact
Examples from the Web for securities
Contemporary Examples of securities
Minnesota-based securities brokerage and investment banking company.After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage
June 30, 2014
And there was no crime, just allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission about a 16-year-old kid.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
In truth, the securities were ones that Goldman already owned but which were proving iffy at best.
Salem personally selected 40 percent of the securities from the Goldman inventory.
And Christie, it should be noted, is himself a securities and appellate lawyer.Who Isn’t Investigating Chris Christie?
June 25, 2014
Historical Examples of securities
And then the regard I have hitherto had for my reputation is another of their securities.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
I have reason to believe that you will not find any securities or bonds there at all!The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
And I'll go with you and deliver the securities to Mr. Chase.
That's four hours, and it will take some time to transfer the securities, and get the cash.
This explains the slight rise in the value of Irish securities.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
noun plural -ties
- a certificate of creditorship or property carrying the right to receive interest or dividend, such as shares or bonds
- the financial asset represented by such a certificate
mid-15c., "condition of being secure," from Latin securitas, from securus "free from care" (see secure). Replacing sikerte (early 15c.), from an earlier borrowing from Latin; earlier in the sense "security" was sikerhede (early 13c.); sikernesse (c.1200).
Meaning "something which secures" is from 1580s; "safety of a state, person, etc." is from 1941. Legal sense of "property in bonds" is from mid-15c.; that of "document held by a creditor" is from 1680s. Phrase security blanket in figurative sense is attested from 1966, in reference to the crib blanket carried by the character Linus in the "Peanuts" comic strip (1956).
In addition to the idiom beginning with security
- security blanket
- lull into (false sense of security)