secure meaning

[ si'kjuə ] Pronunciation:   "secure" in a sentence
Verb: secure  si'kyûr
  1. Get by special effort
    - procure 
  2. Cause to be firmly attached
    - fasten, fix 
  3. Assure payment of 
  4. Make certain of
    - guarantee, ensure, insure, assure 
  5. Fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug
    - plug, stop up 
  6. Furnish with battens
    - batten, batten down
Adjective: secure (securer,securest)  si'kyûr
  1. Free from fear or doubt; easy in mind
    "he was secure that nothing will be held against him"
    - unafraid, untroubled 
  2. Free from danger or risk
    "secure from harm"; "his fortune was secure"; "made a secure place for himself in his field" 
  3. Not likely to fail or give way
    "the lock was secure"; "a secure foundation"; "a secure hold on her wrist" 
  4. Immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with
    "a secure telephone connection"
    - impregnable, inviolable, strong, unassailable, unattackable 
  5. Financially sound
    "a secure investment"
    - dependable, good, safe

Derived forms: securest, secured, securing, secures, securer

See also: assured, fail-safe, firm, fixed, invulnerable, protected, safe, securely, secureness, securer, security, sound, steady, sure, tight

Type of: attach, beef up, close, fill up, fortify, guarantee, obtain, strengthen, vouch

Antonym: insecure

Encyclopedia: Secure

AmE / verb, adjective

verb [+ obj]

1 (formal) secure sth (for sb/sth) | secure sb sth

to obtain or achieve sth, especially when this means using a lot of effort:

He was unable to secure funding for the project.

They have secured the contract to build the new retail and leisure complex.

She secured herself a place at business school.

They are trying to secure $200 million in aid.

He secured approval for his application for a trading license.

2 (Finance ) (usually be secured)

to legally agree to give sb who lends you money particular property or goods if you do not pay the money back:

The loan was fully secured on/against properties the company owned.

The loans were secured by assets used as collateral.


to protect sth and make it safe:

The investment will secure 577 jobs.

◆ (figurative) a savings plan that will secure your child's future



safe and likely to continue or be successful for a long time:

a secure job/income/investment

The future of the company looks secure.


safe and protected so that it cannot be harmed or affected by sth/sb:

Is your computer secure from virus attacks?

a secure network/website

(= where private information cannot be seen by another person)

The building has been made secure against burglars.

Encryption technology has led to the development of secure payment systems.

(*) In an operational context, to gain possession of a position or terrain feature, with or without force, and to make such disposition as will prevent, as far as possible, its destruction or loss by enemy action.
See also denial measure.


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  1. she must secure the entire use of a sofa.
  2. can the town be secured against attack?
  3. the straps on the two suitcases were secure.
  4. debt was secured on the debtor's person.
  5. next day the red army secured vienna.

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