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.

Definitions of secure
  1. adjective
    free from danger or risk
    secure from harm”
    “his fortune was secure
    “made a secure place for himself in his field”
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    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    free from fear or doubt; easy in mind
    “he was secure that nothing will be held against him”
    synonyms: unafraid, untroubled
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    insecure
    lacking self-confidence or assurance
    overanxious
    anxious or nervous to an excessive degree
    unassured
    lacking boldness or confidence
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  3. adjective
    immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with
    “a secure telephone connection”
    synonyms: impregnable, inviolable, strong, unassailable, unattackable
    invulnerable
    immune to attack; impregnable
  4. adjective
    financially sound
    “a secure investment”
    synonyms: dependable, good, safe
    sound
    financially secure and safe
  5. verb
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
    synonyms: protect
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    cover for
    provide an excuse or alibi for someone so as to cover up guilt
    immunise, immunize
    law: grant immunity from prosecution
    overprotect
    protect excessively
    look out
    to protect someone's interests
    cover
    hold within range of an aimed firearm
    guard, ward
    watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect
    defend, guard, hold
    protect against a challenge or attack
    screen, shield
    protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
    charm
    protect through supernatural powers or charms
    fence, fence in, palisade, surround, wall
    surround with a wall in order to fortify
    safeguard
    make safe
    cover
    protect or defend (a position in a game)
    cover
    be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
    mothproof
    protect from moths
    body guard
    accompany and protect from physical harm
    insure
    take out insurance for
    cover
    to take an action to protect against future problems
    keep, preserve
    maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    reinsure
    insure again by transferring to another insurance company all or a part of a liability assumed
    stockade
    surround with a stockade in order to fortify
    circumvallate
    surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
    double-team
    cover with two defensive players
    reinsure
    provide additional insurance for
    coinsure
    take out coinsurance
    shepherd
    watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils
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    defend
    be on the defensive; act against an attack
  6. verb
    make certain of
    synonyms: assure, ensure, guarantee, insure
    guarantee, vouch
    give surety or assume responsibility
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    doom
    make certain of the failure or destruction of
    make
    assure the success of
  7. verb
    assure payment of
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    certify
    guarantee payment on; of checks
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    guarantee, vouch
    give surety or assume responsibility
  8. adjective
    not likely to fail or give way
    “the lock was secure
    “a secure foundation”
    “a secure hold on her wrist”
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    fixed
    securely placed or fastened or set
    steady
    securely in position; not shaky
    tight
    securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid
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    insecure
    not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way
    unfixed
    not firmly placed or set or fastened
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  9. verb
    cause to be firmly attached
    synonyms: fasten, fix
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    unfasten
    cause to become undone
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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
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    attach
    cause to be attached
  10. verb
    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
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    close, fill up
    fill or stop up
  11. verb
    furnish with battens
    synonyms: batten, batten down
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    beef up, fortify, strengthen
    make strong or stronger
  12. verb
    get by special effort
    synonyms: procure
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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
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    obtain
    come into possession of
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