secure

Secure means safe, protected. Your money is secure in a bank. Supportive friends and family make you feel secure.

Secure can also be used as a verb. You secure the sails before you take out the sailboat, which means you tie them down. If you secure someone a ticket to a popular Broadway play, you've found them a hard-to-find seat. On an airplane, you're told that in the event you need an oxygen mask, you should secure yours — get it in place — before helping someone else. Almost all meanings contain the idea of safety: making sure things are right.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: secure

1
adjv
free from danger or risk
make certain of
2
adjv
not likely to fail or give way
cause to be firmly attached
3
v
get by special effort
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: secure
1

adj free from danger or risk

secure from harm”
“his fortune was secure
“made a secure place for himself in his field”
Synonyms
protected
kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss
safe
free from danger or the risk of harm
assured
characterized by certainty or security
firm
securely established
fail-safe
guaranteed not to fail
sure
physically secure or dependable
invulnerable
immune to attack; impregnable
Antonyms:
insecure, unsafe
lacking in security or safety
unprotected
lacking protection or defense
dangerous, unsafe
involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
precarious, shaky
not secure; beset with difficulties
unguaranteed, unsecured
without financial security
vulnerable
susceptible to attack
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adj free from fear or doubt; easy in mind

“he was secure that nothing will be held against him”
Synonyms:
unafraid, untroubled
Antonyms:
insecure
lacking self-confidence or assurance
overanxious
anxious or nervous to an excessive degree
unassured
lacking boldness or confidence
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adj immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with

“a secure telephone connection”
Synonyms:
impregnable, inviolable, strong, unassailable, unattackable
invulnerable
immune to attack; impregnable

adj financially sound

“a secure investment”
Synonyms:
dependable, good, safe
sound
financially secure and safe

v make certain of

Synonyms:
assure, ensure, guarantee, insure
guarantee, vouch
give surety or assume responsibility
Types:
doom
make certain of the failure or destruction of
make
assure the success of

v assure payment of

Types:
certify
guarantee payment on; of checks
Type of:
guarantee, vouch
give surety or assume responsibility
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adj not likely to fail or give way

“the lock was secure
“a secure foundation”
“a secure hold on her wrist”
Synonyms
fixed
securely placed or fastened or set
steady
securely in position; not shaky
tight
securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid
Antonyms:
insecure
not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way
unfixed
not firmly placed or set or fastened
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v cause to be firmly attached

Synonyms:
fasten, fix
Antonyms:
unfasten
cause to become undone
Types:
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strap
secure (a sprained joint) with a strap
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
rig
connect or secure to
bitt
secure with a bitt
latch
fasten with a latch
garter
fasten with or as if with a garter
chain
fasten or secure with chains
cable
fasten with a cable
picket
fasten with a picket
rope up
attach to one another, for safety
cinch, girth
tie a cinch around
bandage, bind
wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
cramp
secure with a cramp
cleat
secure on a cleat
anchor, cast anchor, drop anchor
secure a vessel with an anchor
anchor, ground
fix firmly and stably
moor
secure with cables or ropes
berth, moor, tie up
secure in or as if in a berth or dock
spike
secure with spikes
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework
crank
fasten with a crank
noose
secure with a noose
chock
secure with chocks
brad
fasten with brads
bight
fasten with a bight
belay
fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
belay
turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
bar
secure with, or as if with, bars
clamp
fasten or fix with a clamp
velcro
fasten with Velcro
stay
fasten with stays
clinch
flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)
clinch
secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
lock
fasten with a lock
lock up
secure by locking
hasp
secure or lock with a hasp
zip, zip up, zipper
close with a zipper
tack
fasten with tacks
string
string together; tie or fasten with a string
hook
fasten with a hook
belt
fasten with a belt
cement
bind or join with or as if with cement
grout
bind with grout
staple
secure or fasten with a staple or staples
rivet
fasten with a rivet or rivets
button
fasten with buttons
pin
attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins
hang, hang up
cause to be hanging or suspended
hang
place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction
deposit, lodge, stick, wedge
put, fix, force, or implant
entrench, intrench
fix firmly or securely
buckle, clasp
fasten with a buckle or buckles
brooch, clasp
fasten with or as if with a brooch
stake
tie or fasten to a stake
wire
fasten with wire
coapt
fit tightly and fasten
joggle
fasten or join with a joggle
joint
fasten with a joint
toggle
fasten with, or as if with, a toggle
gag, muzzle
tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them
retie
tie again or anew
bind off, tie up
finish the last row
loop
fasten or join with a loop
cord
bind or tie with a cord
lash together
bind together with a cord or rope
truss
tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it
leash, rope
fasten with a rope
strap
tie with a strap
knot
tie or fasten into a knot
lash
bind with a rope, chain, or cord
band
bind or tie together, as with a band
wharf
moor at a wharf
hem
fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
resew
sew again
overcast
sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next
overcast
sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
backstitch
do backstitches
gather, pucker, tuck
draw together into folds or puckers
finedraw
sew together very finely
fell
sew a seam by folding the edges
baste, tack
sew together loosely, with large stitches
hemstitch
sew with hemstitches
retick, tick
sew
padlock
fasten with a padlock
bolt
secure or lock with a bolt
thumbtack
fasten with thumbtacks
suspend
hang freely
lace, lace up
draw through eyes or holes
redeposit
deposit anew
cast on
make the first row of stitches when knitting
cast off
make the last row of stitches when knitting
sling
hang loosely or freely; let swing
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug

Synonyms:
plug, stop up
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stopper, stopple
close or secure with or as if with a stopper
tampon
plug with a tampon
chink
fill the chinks of, as with caulking
cork, cork up
close a bottle with a cork
Type of:
close, fill up
fill or stop up

v furnish with battens

Synonyms:
batten, batten down
Type of:
beef up, fortify, strengthen
make strong or stronger
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v get by special effort

Synonyms:
procure
Types:
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suborn
procure (false testimony or perjury)
copyright
secure a copyright on a written work
patent
obtain a patent for
engage, enlist
hire for work or assistance
recruit
seek to employ
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of
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