from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Free from danger or attack: a secure fortress.
- adj. Free from risk of loss; safe: Her papers were secure in the vault.
- adj. Free from the risk of being intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons: Only one telephone line in the embassy was secure.
- adj. Free from fear, anxiety, or doubt.
- adj. Not likely to fail or give way; stable: a secure stepladder.
- adj. Firmly fastened: a secure lock.
- adj. Reliable; dependable: secure investments.
- adj. Assured; certain: With three goals in the first period they had a secure victory, but somehow they lost.
- adj. Archaic Careless or overconfident.
- transitive v. To guard from danger or risk of loss: The troops secured the area before the civilians were allowed to return.
- transitive v. To make firm or tight; fasten. See Synonyms at fasten.
- transitive v. To make certain; ensure: The speaker could not secure the goodwill of the audience.
- transitive v. To guarantee payment of (a loan, for example).
- transitive v. To guarantee payment to (a creditor).
- transitive v. To get possession of; acquire: secured a job.
- transitive v. To capture or confine: They secured the suspect in the squad car.
- transitive v. To bring about; effect: secured release of the hostages.
- transitive v. To protect or ensure the privacy or secrecy of (a telephone line, for example).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Free from attack or danger; protected.
- adj. Free from the danger of theft; safe.
- adj. Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
- adj. Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
- adj. Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
- adj. Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
- v. To make secure (in all the above senses).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Free from fear, care, or anxiety; easy in mind; not feeling suspicion or distrust; confident.
- adj. Overconfident; incautious; careless; -- in a bad sense.
- adj. Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; -- commonly with of.
- adj. Not exposed to danger; safe; -- applied to persons and things, and followed by against or from.
- transitive v. To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping.
- transitive v. To get possession of; to make one's self secure of; to acquire certainly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Free from care or fear; careless; dreading no evil; unsuspecting; hence, over-confident.
- Free from apprehension or doubt; assured; certain; confident; sure: with of or an infinitive.
- Free from danger; unexposed to danger; safe: frequently with against or from, and formerly of: as, secure against the attacks of the enemy.
- In safe custody or keeping.
- Of such firmness, stability, or strength as to insure safety, or preclude risk of failure or accident; stanch, firm, or stable, and fit for the purpose intended: as, to make a bridge secure; a secure foundation.
- = Syn.3. See safe.
- l. To make easy or careless; free from care, anxiety, or fear.
- To make safe or secure; guard from danger; protect: as, a city secured by fortifications.
- To make certain; assure; guarantee: sometimes with of: as, we were secured of his protection.
- To make sure of payment, as by a bond, surety, etc.; warrant or guarantee against loss: as, to secure a debt by mortgage; to secure a creditor.
- To make fast or firm: as, to secure a window; to secure the hatches of a ship.
- To seize and confine; place in safe custody or keeping: as, to secure a prisoner.
- In surgery, to seize and occlude by ligature or otherwise, as a vein or an artery, to prevent loss of blood during or as a consequence of an operation.
- To get hold or possession of; make one's self master of; obtain; gain: as, to secure an estate for a small sum; to secure the attention of an audience; to secure a hearing at court.
- To plight: pledge; assure
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get by special effort
- v. make certain of
- v. fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug
- adj. financially sound
- adj. free from danger or risk
- v. furnish with battens
- adj. not likely to fail or give way
- v. assure payment of
- adj. immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with
- adj. free from fear or doubt; easy in mind
- v. cause to be firmly attached
Latin sēcūrus : sē-, without; + cūra, care; see cure.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin securus ("of persons, free from care, quiet, easy; in a bad sense, careless, reckless; of things, tranquil, also free from danger, safe, secure"), from se- ("without") + cura ("care"); see cure. (Wiktionary)