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, 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"

Wiktionary

  1. secure(Verb)

    To make secure (in all the above senses).

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

  2. secure(Adjective)

    Free from attack or danger; protected.

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

  3. secure(Adjective)

    Free from the danger of theft; safe.

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

  4. secure(Adjective)

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

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

  5. secure(Adjective)

    Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.

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

  6. secure(Adjective)

    Firm and not likely to fail; stable.

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

  7. secure(Adjective)

    Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.

    Etymology: 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

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. Dossie Easton:

    Sexual jealousy is supposed to be somehow unconquerable and immovable, but that is a myth. It's really serious emotional work to unlearn jealousy and cultivate other ways to feel secure in a relationship, but it's possible. I've been doing it in my practice for the past 20 years and in my own life since 1969.

  2. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    The president is confident his administration did do everything that was possible within the confines of that policy, using our military might, using our intelligence capability, using our diplomatic influence, to try to secure the safe release and return of Kayla Mueller.

  3. Phil Weiser:

    Our system makes voting easy, safe, secure and reliable, ideally, the Postal Service would be a partner in this effort.

  4. Doug Lebda:

    It’s not unsafe like it was in 2004 or 2005, it has more to do with whether a person is ready and whether or not their job is secure.

  5. Rima Kamal:

    Since our colleague’s abduction, we mobilized all channels possible to secure her release, over the past five months, we have certainly had some leads. We are however unable to share or elaborate on these leads publically due to the sensitivity of any abduction case. What matters now is Nourane’s safe return to her family as soon as possible.

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