What does secure mean?

Definitions for secure

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"


  1. secureverb

    To make secure (in all the above senses).

  2. secureadjective

    Free from attack or danger; protected.

  3. secureadjective

    Free from the danger of theft; safe.

  4. secureadjective

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

  5. secureadjective

    Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.

  6. secureadjective

    Firm and not likely to fail; stable.

  7. secureadjective

    Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SECUREadjective

    Etymology: securus, Latin.

    Confidence then bore thee on secure
    To meet no danger. John Milton.

    One maid she had, belov’d above the rest;
    Secure of her, the secret she confess’d. Dryden.

    In Lethe’s lake souls long oblivion taste;
    Of future life secure, forgetful of the past. Dryden.

    But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes;
    The more thy fortune frowns, the more oppose. Dryden.

    We live and act as if we were perfectly secure of the final event of things, however we may behave ourselves. Francis Atterbury.

    The portion of their wealth they design for the uses of the poor, they may throw into one of these publick repositories, secure that it will be well employed. Francis Atterbury.

    It concerns the most secure of his strength, to pray to God not to expose him to an enemy. John Rogers.

    Let us not then suspect our happy state,
    As not secure to single or combin’d. John Milton.

    Messapus next,
    Secure of steel, and fated from the fire,
    In pomp appears. Dryden.

    Haply too secure of our discharge
    From penalty. John Milton.

    Secure from fortune’s blows,
    Secure of what I cannot lose,
    In my small pinnace I can sail. John Dryden, Horace.

  2. To Secureverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Nothing left
    That might his happy state secure,
    Secure from outward force. John Milton.

    I spread a cloud before the victor’s sight,
    Sustain’d the vanquish’d, and secur’d his flight;
    Ev’n then secur’d him, when I sought with joy
    The vow’d destruction of ungrateful Troy. Dryden.

    Actions have their preference, not according to the transient pleasure or pain that accompanies or follows them here, but as they serve to secure that perfect durable happiness hereafter. John Locke.

    Truth and certainty are not secured by innate principles; but men are in the same uncertain floating estate with as without them. John Locke.

    That prince who shall be so wise as by established laws of liberty to secure protection to the honest industry of mankind, against the oppression of power, will quickly be too hard for his neighbours. John Locke.

    Deeper to wound, she shuns the fight;
    She drops her arms to gain the field:
    Secures her conquest by her flight,
    And triumphs when she seems to yield. Matthew Prior.

    Nothing can be more artful than the address of Ulysses: he secures himself of a powerful advocate, by paying an ingenuous and laudable deference to his friend. William Broome.

    Where two or three sciences are pursued at the same time, if one of them be dry, as logick, let another be more entertaining, to secure the mind from weariness. Isaac Watts.

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

  2. ceruse

  3. Creuse

  4. recuse

  5. rescue

  6. Rescue

  7. secuer

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  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. Rex Tillerson:

    It is (a) well defined agreement on who will secure this area.

  2. The CDR:

    The CDR will now take the necessary administrative steps, including informing (Chinook) to consider the preliminary approval canceled, and that the financial guarantee, which the company offered as a guarantee they would secure the required documents, will be claimed.

  3. Eric Schmidt:

    I can tell you today if you have something that needs to be secure, your best place to keep it is in Gmail, it’s attacked all day and [hackers] don’t get in. It’s certainly far more secure than anything you’re going to find in the U.S. government.

  4. Benny Gantz:

    Soldiers and commanders know they have the full support of the command level, i feel very secure with our support and with the investigations, which are a necessary tool for our continued improvement.

  5. Tina Smith:

    They clean office buildings and keep us safe and secure and serve millions of meals a year, why should these hardworking people be forced to pay the price of the shutdown themselves?

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    the largest tarsal bone; forms the human heel
    • A. auspices
    • B. calcaneus
    • C. sundog
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