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secure

se·cure

secure

 
 
pronunciation:
sih kyur
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: free from fear or danger.
I feel secure living in this neighborhood.
synonyms:
protected, safe
similar words:
all right, in the clear, sheltered
definition 2: free from care, worry, or anxiety.
She feels secure and appreciated in her new job.
synonyms:
assured, carefree, safe, unworried
antonyms:
insecure
similar words:
all right, complacent, confident, relaxed, self-assured, tranquil
definition 3: well-established and able to be relied on; steady; dependable.
Our friendship is quite secure, and I know we'll weather this crisis.It's a major company, and his job is very secure.His position as leader of the country was now secure.
synonyms:
dependable, firm, reliable, steady, sure, trustworthy
similar words:
assured, stable, staunch, steadfast
definition 4: affording safety.
She looked for a secure hiding place for the jewels.This step doesn't feel secure.With the new locks, the building is more secure.
synonyms:
inviolable, safe
antonyms:
dangerous, insecure
similar words:
fortified, impregnable, invulnerable, unassailable
definition 5: tightly fastened.
The container has a secure lid, so the liquid won't leak.
synonyms:
fastened, solid
antonyms:
loose
similar words:
closed, fast, locked, shut, stable, tight, unassailable
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: secured, secures, securing
definition 1: to obtain; acquire.
They hoped to secure a pardon for the prisoner.He needed to secure his partner's agreement before going ahead.She worked hard to secure this job.He has more than enough votes to secure a victory in this election.
synonyms:
acquire, gain, get, obtain, procure
similar words:
clinch, earn, land, nail, win
definition 2: to make safe or free from harm.
They believe that education is the key to securing one's future.This is the best way to secure your investment.
synonyms:
defend, guard, preserve, protect, safeguard, shelter, shield
similar words:
consolidate, insure, look after, sustain, take care of, watch over
definition 3: to make fast or tight.
Don't forget to secure the chain to the gate.They secured the canoe to the top of the car with ropes.Secure the ropes, or the tent will fly away in this wind!
synonyms:
attach, fasten, fix
similar words:
affix, anchor, batten down, bond, fuse, lash, moor, nail, solder, stick, weld
definition 4: to make (a place) free from intrusion or attack.
The secret service secured the building before the president's arrival.The police arrived to secure the area.Troops were sent in to secure the border.
similar words:
arm, bolt, close, defend, fortify, garrison, lock, reinforce, shut
definition 5: to tie up or bind.
He secured the trunk with rope.
synonyms:
bind, lash, tie
similar words:
chain, fasten, fetter, manacle, shackle, tether
derivations: securable (adj.), securely (adv.), secureness (n.), securer (n.)
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The word secure contains the following part:
cur2 Latin root that means to care