security

security
se|cu|ri|ty
W1 [sıˈkjuərıti US -ˈkjur-] n
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1¦(protection from danger)¦
2¦(protection from bad situations)¦
3¦(guards)¦
4¦(borrowing money)¦
5 securities
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1.) ¦(PROTECTION FROM DANGER)¦[U]
things that are done to keep a person, building, or country safe from danger or crime
The trial was held under tight security .
lax security at airline check-in desks
terrorist activity that is a threat to national security
The prison was ordered to tighten security after a prisoner escaped yesterday.
The Security Commission investigates breaches of security .
We have been asked not to say anything for security reasons .
The security forces opened fire, killing two people.
The thief was caught on a security camera .
There are strict security checks on everyone entering the Opera House.
A large number of homes lack adequate security measures .
2.) ¦(PROTECTION FROM BAD SITUATIONS)¦[U]
protection from bad things that could happen to you
Parenting is about giving your child security and love.
Workers want greater job security (=not being in danger of losing your job) .
This insurance plan offers your family financial security in the event of your death.
3.) ¦(GUARDS)¦[U]
the department of a company or organization that deals with the protection of its buildings and equipment
One of the sales clerks called security.
4.) ¦(BORROWING MONEY)¦[U]
something such as property that you promise to give someone if you cannot pay back money you have borrowed from them
security for
Reiss used his Brooklyn home as security for the loan.
5.) securities [plural] ↑stocks or ↑shares in a company
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
strict/tight security (=careful security)
lax security (=security that is not careful enough)
national/state security (=the security of a country against its enemies)
tighten security (=make security better)
breach of security (=when something dangerous happens, in spite of security measures)
for security reasons
the security services/forces (=the police, army etc)
security camera
security check
security measures/arrangements
maximum security prison/jail
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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