Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • He'll discuss his plan for what he calls a secure energy future.

    CNN Transcript Jul 11, 2008

  • He'll discuss his plans for what he calls a secure energy future.

    CNN Transcript Jul 11, 2008

  • He'll be discussing his plan for what he calls a secure energy future.

    CNN Transcript Jul 11, 2008

  • BLITZER: So when the national security director, Negroponte, says that there are secure hideouts in Pakistan, a lot of experts suggest that, in this Waziristan area, some of the tribal border areas in Pakistan, not far from Afghanistan, that you have effectively allowed not only Al Qaida, but the Taliban, to have what he calls secure hideouts.

    CNN Transcript Jan 14, 2007

  • Marine helicopters arrived at the U.S. embassy in Beirut with a team of military personnel who are supposed to survey the situation from a security standpoint, as to see how they can establish what they call a secure and orderly withdrawal of nationals there.

    CNN Transcript Jul 16, 2006

  • KING: A year ago, as we saw some of it in that piece, the vice president was the one who directed the government's response from a minute-by-minute basis back at the White House -- today, the vice president back in what we became so familiar with in the days after last September 11, what we call a secure and undisclosed location.

    CNN Transcript Sep 11, 2002

  • I did just see a spokesperson, by the way, for the speaker of the House, Mr. Dennis Hastert, who tells me that Mr. Hastert and others leaders have been evacuated into what he called the secure location.

    CNN Transcript Sep 11, 2001

  • When children are fortunate enough to have reasonably warm, consistent, and supportive parenting, they have what we call a secure base—a sanctuary where they can meet their dual needs for nurturance and validation.

    The Unmotivated Child

  • Some of the Democrats conducted interviews from what they described as "secure locations," and others posted messages on social networking sites.

    NYT > Home Page

  • But the potential for more dangerous misinformation worries Craig Mitnick, founder of Nixle LLC, which offers what it calls a secure "municipal wire" that public agencies can use instead of Twitter to broadcast updates.

    The Vail Trail - All Sections

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