Definition of secure in English:

secure

Line breaks: se¦cure
Pronunciation: /sɪˈkjʊə
 
, sɪˈkjɔː/

adjective

  • 1Fixed or fastened so as not to give way, become loose, or be lost: check to ensure that all nuts and bolts are secure
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    • Our testers noted the shoe's superior ability to provide a springy push-off and a secure landing even on loose, rocky surfaces.
    • It takes up less room in the trunk than before and offers a very tight and secure fit when closed.
    • The gels, which are soft and pliable at room temperature, become firm when warmed to form a secure seal between the mask and the patient's face.
    Synonyms
    tight, firm, taut, fixed, secured, done up; closed, shut, locked, sealedstable, fixed, secured, fast, safe, steady, immovable, unshakeable, dependable; anchored, moored, jammed, rooted, braced, cemented, riveted, nailed, tied; strong, sturdy, solid, sound
  • 1.1(Of a place of detention) having provisions against the escape of inmates: a secure unit for young offenders
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    • There is a need for secure place of detentions when people are on remand.
    • The focus has instead switched to juveniles and the lack of secure places for hardcore young offenders.
    • Although the hospital takes ‘sectioned’ as well as voluntary patients, it is not a secure hospital and none of the wards is locked.
  • 2Certain to remain safe and unthreatened: his position as party leader was less than secure a more competitive economy will lead to an increase in secure employment
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    • Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.
    • Gualtero was making sure that their tent was secure against any gusts.
    • Poverty is experienced by people without secure homes and stable employment, plus limited access to health, services and education.
    Synonyms
    certain, assured, reliable, dependable, settled, fixed, established, solid, sound
  • 2.1Protected against attack or other criminal activity: no airport is totally secure
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    • Only about 80 miles of the border is protected by secure fencing today.
    • Subsequently, the other side also deployed nuclear weapons in quantity and made them relatively secure from attack.
    • He has made our nation less secure, less safe, and less free.
  • 2.2Feeling confident and free from fear or anxiety: everyone needs to have a home and to feel secure and wanted
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    • Along with the past they have shared, they are secure in the knowledge that whatever lies ahead, they will face it together.
    • Some will fare better than others when the kudos are handed out, but all will be secure in the knowledge that they gave it their best shot.
    • He needs to be secure in the knowledge that his Mommy and Daddy are in charge.
    Synonyms
    protected from harm/danger, free from danger, sheltered, shielded, guarded, unharmed, undamaged, safe and sound, safe, out of harm's way, in a safe place, in safe hands, invulnerable, immune, impregnable, unassailable; at ease, unworried, reassured, relaxed, happy, comfortable, confident
  • 2.3 (secure of) • dated Feeling no doubts about attaining: she remained poised and complacent, secure of admiration

verb

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  • 2Succeed in obtaining (something), especially with difficulty: the division secured a major contract
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    • But now two motorists have succeeded in securing a refund.
    • He also asked if there were any difficulties in securing the necessary funding from the Dept.
    • Small furniture makers face the greatest difficulty securing supplies.
    Synonyms
    obtain, acquire, gain, get, find, come by, pick up, procure, get possession of; buy, purchase
    informal get hold of, land, get one's hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's mitts on
  • 2.1Seek to guarantee repayment of (a loan) by having a right to take possession of an asset in the event of non-payment: a loan secured on your home
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    • While some clients have received some speculative funding for city centre offices, the bank would require the loan to be secured on another asset.
    • What is more, consolidation loans are usually secured on property while credit cards are unsecured debt.
    • In consequence many bank and finance house loans secured by land mortgages are exempt from the controls of the Act.

Phrases

secure arms

Military Hold a rifle with the muzzle downward and the lock in the armpit to guard it from rain.

Derivatives

securable

adjective
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  • The letter continues that Westport needs several playgrounds dotted around the town, which need to be sturdy and securable at night to prevent vandalism.
  • It's designed for Night Deposits at petrol stations and convenience stores, but we use it to make sure our software is quickly securable.
  • First, personally, I do happen to think that Linux is more securable than Windows, and I've said so repeatedly in this very column over the years.

securely

adverb
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  • The key, of course, is to make it easy for us to communicate securely and confidently with all branches of government.
  • Without then checking that the lid is securely and firmly back on the cup, three minutes later I do the same thing again.
  • Place the lamb on the board, add the stuffing, roll up firmly and tie securely with string.

securement

noun
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  • What is being aimed at is the securement of good tenders which haven taken on board all the risks.
  • Photographs taken about six weeks prior clearly show that the nuts in question are lower on the securement bolts than in Mr. Bigelow's photographs.
  • Steve Bierman, MD, said catheter securement is a key component in the fight against CRBSI.

secureness

noun

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'feeling no apprehension'): from Latin securus, from se- 'without' + cura 'care'.

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