security meaning

[ si'kjuəriti ] Pronunciation:   "security" in a sentence
  • Noun: security  si'kyûritee
    1. The state of being free from danger or injury
      "we support the armed services in the name of national security" 
    2. Defence against financial failure; financial independence
      "his pension gave him security in his old age"
      - protection 
    3. Freedom from anxiety or fear
      "the watch dog gave her a feeling of security" 
    4. A formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends
      "he held several valuable securities"
      - certificate 
    5. Property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation
      "bankers are reluctant to lend without good security"
      - surety 
    6. A department responsible for the security of the institution's property and workers
      "the head of security was a former policeman"
      - security department 
    7. A guarantee that an obligation will be met
      - surety 
    8. An electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in
      - security system, security measure 
    9. Measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.
      "military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"
      - security measures

    Derived forms: securities

    See also: secure

    Type of: assets, bravery, department, electrical device, fearlessness, guarantee, guard, instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document, precaution, safeguard, safety, section, transferred possession, transferred property, warrant, warrantee, warranty

    Antonym: insecurity

    Encyclopedia: Security Security, Maryland

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun (plural securities)


    1 [U]

    the activities involved in protecting a country, building or person against attack, danger, etc:

    airport/hotel security

    There will be round-the-clock security at the factory.

    They carried out security checks at the airport.

    The thief was caught

    (= filmed) on a security video.

    lax/strict/tight security

    ◆ to improve/strengthen/tighten security

    ◆ a security alert/check/system

    2 [U with sing./pl. verb]

    the department of a large company or organization that deals with the protection of its buildings, equipment and staff:

    Security was/were called to the incident.

    the head of security

    3 [U]

    protection against sth bad that might happen in the future:

    financial security

    Which type of investment offers the greatest security?

    economic/financial security

    ◆ to give (sb)/have/offer (sb)/provide (sb with) security

    4 (Finance ; Stock Exchange ) securities [pl.]

    a financial asset such as a share or bond; the certificate that shows you own this:

    to buy high-yield securities

    Merrill Lynch is one of the world's biggest securities firms.

    the change from paper to electronic securities

    ❖ to buy/hold/sell securities

    ◆ to deal in/issue securities

    ◆ a securities business/company/dealer/firm/house

    5 (Finance ; Law ) [U,C]

    a valuable item that you agree to give to sb if you are unable to pay back the money that you have borrowed from them:

    His home and business are being held as security for the loan.

    Shares in the company were pledged as security against the loan.


    ❖ to give/offer/pledge sth as security

  • [Defence]

    1. Measures taken by a military unit, activity, or installation to protect itself against all acts designed to, or which may, impair its effectiveness.
    2. A condition that results from the establishment and maintenance of protective measures that ensure a state of inviolability from hostile acts or influences.
    3. With respect to classified matter, the condition that prevents unauthorized persons from having access to official information that is safeguarded in the interests of national security.
    See also national security.

  • [Economics]
    1) An asset or assets to which a lender can have recourse if the borrower defaults on any loan repayments. In the case of loans by banks and other moneylenders the security is sometimes referred to as collateral.

    2) A financial asset, including shares, government stocks, debentures, bonds, unit trusts, and rights to money lent or deposited. It does not, however, include insurance policies.

    See also:

    bearer security, dated security, fixed-interest security, gilt-edged security, listed security, marketable security.

  • [Finance]
    Piece of paper that proves ownership of stocks, bonds, and other investments.


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  1. we were thus the key to global security.
  2. the government boosted security precautions.
  3. everyone who is old can have security.
  4. half of them owned public securities.
  5. what security can you offer for it?

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