se|cure1 S3 [sıˈkuə US -ˈkjur] adj
3¦(safe from harm)¦
5¦(not worried)¦
6¦(firmly fastened)¦
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: securus, from se 'without' + cura 'care']
a situation that is secure is one that you can depend on because it is not likely to change
There are no secure jobs these days.
We want a secure future for our children.
United's position at the top of the league seems relatively secure.
locked or guarded so that people cannot get in or out, or steal anything
The house isn't very secure - we need some new locks.
Keep your passport in a secure place .
secure accommodation
BrE (=a type of prison)
In the last year only three children under the age of 14 have had to be placed in secure accommodation.
safe from and protected against damage or attack
Companies can offer secure credit card transactions over the internet.
secure from
These elephants are relatively secure from poachers.
feeling confident about yourself and your abilities
≠ ↑insecure
We want our children to be secure and feel good about themselves.
feeling confident and certain about a situation and not worried that it might change
Workers no longer feel secure about the future.
It was enough money to make us feel financially secure .
We huddled together, secure in the knowledge that the rescue helicopter was on its way.
firmly fastened or tied, and not likely to fall down
Are you sure that shelf is secure?
secure 2
secure2 W2 v [T]
2¦(safe from harm)¦
3¦(tie firmly)¦
4¦(borrowing money)¦
to get or achieve something that will be permanent, especially after a lot of effort
Boyd's goal secured his team's place in the Cup Final.
secure a deal/contract
The company recently secured a $20 million contract with Ford.
Negotiators are still working to secure the hostages' release.
Redgrave won his third Olympic gold medal, and secured his place in history .
to make something safe from being attacked, harmed, or lost
Troops were sent to secure the border.
secure sth against sb/sth
They built a 10ft high fence to secure the house against intruders.
an agreement to secure the future of the rainforest
3.) ¦(TIE FIRMLY)¦
to fasten or tie something firmly in a particular position
secure sth to sth
John secured the boat firmly to the jetty.
if you secure a debt or a ↑loan, you legally promise that if you cannot pay back the money you have borrowed, you will give the lender goods or property of the same value instead
He used his house to secure the loan .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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