- 1Fixed or fastened so as not to give way, become loose, or be lost: check to ensure that all nuts and bolts are secureMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a place of detention) having provisions against the escape of inmates: a secure unit for young offendersMore example sentences
- 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 employmentMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1Protected against attack or other criminal activity: no airport is totally secureMore example sentences
- 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 wantedMore example sentences
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
- 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.
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- 1Fix or attach (something) firmly so that it cannot be moved or lost: pins secure the handle to the main bodyMore example sentences
- Our advice is to secure it very firmly, be conservative with your speed and make frequent stops to ensure it isn't working loose.
- When I was finished, I moved behind her and secured her hair up with some pins that Ae-Sun had given to me as well.
- The other bracelet is secured to a firmly mounted horizontal hangar pole in his bedroom closet.
- 1.1Make (a door or container) hard to open; fasten or lock: doors are likely to be well secured at nightMore example sentences
- On liveaboard boats, cabin doors should be secured either open or shut when at sea.
- Klaiman secures the doors open with hook-and-eye fasteners.
- The thief used a hammer to pry open a padlock securing a door on the cabin and removed an empty cash box.
- 2Succeed in obtaining (something), especially with difficulty: the division secured a major contractMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 homeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3Protect against threats; make safe: the government is concerned to secure the economy against too much foreign ownershipMore example sentences
- The United States has every right to protect itself, to secure itself.
- The system also has to be secured against external threat.
- Council officers moved in today to secure the property.
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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.
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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.
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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.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'feeling no apprehension'): from Latin securus, from se- 'without' + cura 'care'.