What does secure mean?

Definitions for secure
sɪˈkyʊərse·cure

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word secure.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. secure, unafraid, untroubledadjective

    free from fear or doubt; easy in mind

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

  2. secureadjective

    free from danger or risk

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

  3. secureadjective

    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, unattackableadjective

    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, secureverb

    financially sound

    "a good investment"; "a secure investment"

  6. procure, secureverb

    get by special effort

    "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"

  7. fasten, fix, secureverb

    cause to be firmly attached

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

  8. secureverb

    assure payment of

  9. guarantee, ensure, insure, assure, secureverb

    make certain of

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

  10. plug, stop up, secureverb

    fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug

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

  11. batten, batten down, secureverb

    furnish with battens

    "batten ships"

Wiktionary

  1. secureverb

    To make secure (in all the above senses).

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

  2. secureadjective

    Free from attack or danger; protected.

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

  3. secureadjective

    Free from the danger of theft; safe.

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

  4. secureadjective

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

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

  5. secureadjective

    Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.

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

  6. secureadjective

    Firm and not likely to fail; stable.

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

  7. secureadjective

    Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secureadjective

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

  2. Secureadjective

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

  3. Secureadjective

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

  4. Secureadjective

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

  5. Secureverb

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

  6. Secureverb

    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. Secureverb

    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. Secureverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Secure

    sē-kūr′, adj. without care or anxiety, careless (B.): free from fear or danger: safe: confident: incautious: in safe keeping: of such strength as to ensure safety.—v.t. to make safe: to guard from danger: to seize and confine: to get hold of: to make one's self master of: (obs.) to plight or pledge: to render certain: to guarantee: to fasten.—adj. Secūr′able, that may be secured.—n. Secur′ance, assurance, confirmation.—adv. Secūre′ly.—ns. Secūre′ment; Secūre′ness; Secūr′er, one who, or that which, secures or protects; Secūr′itan, one who dwells in fancied security; Secūr′ity, state of being secure: freedom from fear: carelessness: protection: certainty: a pledge: (pl.) bonds or certificates in evidence of debt or property.—Secure arms, to guard the firearms from becoming wet. [L. securusse- (for sine), without, cura, care.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. secure

    An area or system with authorized access.

    All banking systems are secure and the bank ensures only those who are authorized would have access to the system.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  
  2. secure

    Guarantee payment of.

    The loan was secured with their parents as guarantors

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  
  3. secure

    To feel and know we are safe.

    We feel secure when we know we are working, healthy, earning an income, paying our bills and contributing to society.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 11, 2020  

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 for secure »

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

How to pronounce secure?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of secure in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of secure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of secure in a Sentence

  1. Pamela McPherson:

    When you go through that metal detector and those series of locked doors, and then you see children playing and women walking around carrying young children, it's just sort of a surreal experience, i don't think you can experience that without questioning,' Why are these children in a secure facility ? Why are these children in what used to be an adult prison ?' It's jarring.

  2. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    We have to move forward together into a future that is not at all secure except for our certitude that God’s love is constant.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.

  4. Mohsen Ghamsari:

    By selling more crude we are aiming to secure Iran's position in the oil market and to increase our share in the market.

  5. Patrick Hausding:

    After we arrived in Japan our food and accommodations were well taken care of and I really felt secure playing in the match.

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