Definitions for SECUREsɪˈkyʊər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

se•curesɪˈkyʊər(adj.)-cur•er, -cur•est

  1. (adj.)free from danger or harm; safe.

  2. not liable to fail, yield, etc., as a support or fastening; firm.

  3. affording safety, as a place.

  4. kept in safe custody.

  5. free from care or anxiety.

  6. firmly established, as a reputation.

  7. certain; assured:

    secure in his religious belief.

  8. safe from penetration or interception by unauthorized persons:

    secure radio communications.

  9. Archaic. overconfident.

  10. (v.t.)to get hold of; obtain.

  11. to free from danger or harm; make safe.

  12. to make certain of; ensure:

    The novel secured his reputation.

  13. to make fast:

    to secure a rope.

  14. to assure payment of (a debt) by pledging property. to assure (a creditor) of payment by a pledge.

    Category: Business

  15. to lock or fasten against intruders.

  16. to capture (a person or animal).

  17. to tie up the arms or hands of; pinion.

  18. to guarantee the privacy or secrecy of:

    to secure diplomatic phone conversations.

  19. (v.i.)to be or become safe; have security.

  20. Naut. to cover openings and make movable objects fast. to be excused from duty:

    All hands secure from general quarters.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of secure:

1525–35; < L sēcūrus carefree =sē-se-+-cūrus, adj. der. of cūra care; cf. sure


Princeton's WordNet

  1. secure, unafraid, untroubled(adj)

    free from fear or doubt; easy in mind

    "he was secure that nothing will be held against him"

  2. secure(adj)

    free from danger or risk

    "secure from harm"; "his fortune was secure"; "made a secure place for himself in his field"

  3. secure(adj)

    not likely to fail or give way

    "the lock was secure"; "a secure foundation"; "a secure hold on her wrist"

  4. impregnable, inviolable, secure, strong, unassailable, unattackable(adj)

    immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with

    "an impregnable fortress"; "fortifications that made the frontier inviolable"; "a secure telephone connection"

  5. dependable, good, safe, secure(verb)

    financially sound

    "a good investment"; "a secure investment"

  6. procure, secure(verb)

    get by special effort

    "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"

  7. fasten, fix, secure(verb)

    cause to be firmly attached

    "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"

  8. secure(verb)

    assure payment of

  9. guarantee, ensure, insure, assure, secure(verb)

    make certain of

    "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!"

  10. plug, stop up, secure(verb)

    fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug

    "plug the hole"; "stop up the leak"

  11. batten, batten down, secure(verb)

    furnish with battens

    "batten ships"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. secure(adjective)ɪˈkyʊər

    reliable and not likely to fail

    a secure job

  2. secureɪˈkyʊər

    safe and protected from danger or crime

    a secure environment for children to play in; Is your computer secure?

  3. secureɪˈkyʊər

    confident and without any worries

    She doesn't feel secure in this relationship.; He felt secure in the knowledge that his daughter would be cared for.

  4. secure(verb)ɪˈkyʊər

    to close, fasten, or lock sth to stop sth from getting past

    He secured door with a padlock; soldiers trying to secure the country's borders

  5. secureɪˈkyʊər

    to get sth and make sure you can keep it

    They secured the rights to the book.


  1. secure(Verb)

    To make secure (in all the above senses).

  2. secure(Adjective)

    Free from attack or danger; protected.

  3. secure(Adjective)

    Free from the danger of theft; safe.

  4. secure(Adjective)

    Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.

  5. secure(Adjective)

    Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.

  6. secure(Adjective)

    Firm and not likely to fail; stable.

  7. secure(Adjective)

    Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.

  8. Origin: From securus, from se- + cura; see cure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secure(adj)

    free from fear, care, or anxiety; easy in mind; not feeling suspicion or distrust; confident

  2. Secure(adj)

    overconfident; incautious; careless; -- in a bad sense

  3. Secure(adj)

    confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; -- commonly with of; as, secure of a welcome

  4. Secure(adj)

    net exposed to danger; safe; -- applied to persons and things, and followed by against or from

  5. Secure(verb)

    to make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect

  6. Secure(verb)

    to put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; to insure; -- frequently with against or from, rarely with of; as, to secure a creditor against loss; to secure a debt by a mortgage

  7. Secure(verb)

    to make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping; as, to secure a prisoner; to secure a door, or the hatches of a ship

  8. Secure(verb)

    to get possession of; to make one's self secure of; to acquire certainly; as, to secure an estate

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. secure

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SECURE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3436

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SECURE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4068

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SECURE' in Verbs Frequency: #360

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SECURE' in Adjectives Frequency: #656

Anagrams of SECURE

  1. cereus, ceruse, Creuse, recuse, rescue, Rescue, secuer

Translations for SECURE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with against or from ) safe; free from danger, loss etc

Is your house secure against burglary?; He went on holiday, secure in the knowledge that he had done well in the exam.

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