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secure

Synonyms of secure in English:

adjective

  • 1 check to ensure that all nuts and bolts are secure
    tight, firm, taut, fixed, secured, done up;
    [Antonyms] loose, unlocked
  • 2 make sure that the ladder you are working on is secure
    stable, fixed, secured, fast, safe, steady, immovable, unshakeable, dependable;
    anchored, moored, jammed, rooted, braced, cemented, riveted, nailed, tied;
    strong, sturdy, solid, sound
    [Antonyms] precarious, rocky
  • 3 jars kept secure in a pantry may survive for several generations children need an environment in which they can feel secure
    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
    [Antonyms] vulnerable, threatened, unsettled
  • 4 few young people face a secure future
    certain, assured, reliable, dependable, settled, fixed, established, solid, sound
    [Antonyms] uncertain, insecure
  • verb

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  • 1 pins secure the handle to the main body
    fix, attach, fasten, affix, link, hitch, join, connect, couple, bond, append, annex, stick, pin, tack, nail, staple, clip
  • 2 the doors had not been properly secured
  • 3 Athens was seeking to secure herself from a lightning invasion from the west
    protect, make safe, make sound, make invulnerable, make immune, make impregnable, fortify, strengthen, shelter, shield, guard
  • 4 he killed the engine, then leapt out to secure the boat
    tie up, moor, make fast, lash, hitch, berth;
    anchor
  • 5 a written constitution would secure the rights of the individual
    assure, ensure, insure, guarantee, warrant, protect, indemnify, confirm, establish
  • 6 the company has already secured two million pounds' worth of business
    obtain, acquire, gain, get, find, come by, pick up, procure, get possession of;
    informal get hold of, land, get one's hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's mitts on
    [Antonyms] lose, let slip
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