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English adjective: secure

1. secure free from fear or doubt; easy in mind


SamplesHe was secure that nothing will be held against him.


Synonymsunafraid, untroubled


Antonymsinsecure

2. secure free from danger or risk


SamplesSecure from harm.
His fortune was secure.
Made a secure place for himself in his field.


Similarassured, fail-safe, firm, sure


See alsoinvulnerable, protected, safe


Antonymsunsafe, insecure

3. secure not likely to fail or give way


SamplesThe lock was secure.
A secure foundation.
A secure hold on her wrist.


Similarsteady, tight


See alsofixed


Antonymsinsecure

4. secure immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with


SamplesAn impregnable fortress.
Fortifications that made the frontier inviolable.
A secure telephone connection.


Synonymsimpregnable, inviolable, strong, unassailable, unattackable


Similarinvulnerable


Antonymsvulnerable

5. secure financially sound


SamplesA good investment.
A secure investment.


Synonymsdependable, good, safe


Similarsound


Antonymsunsound


English verb: secure

1. secure (possession) get by special effort


SamplesHe procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed.


Synonymsprocure


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)obtain


Narrower (hyponym)copyright, engage, enlist, patent, suborn

2. secure (contact) cause to be firmly attached


SamplesFasten the lock onto the door.
She fixed her gaze on the man.


Synonymsfasten, fix


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)attach


Narrower (hyponym)anchor, anchor, bandage, bar, belay, belay, belt, berth, bight, bind, bind, bitt, brad, brooch, buckle, button, cable, cast anchor, cement, chain, chock, cinch, clamp, clasp, clasp, cleat, clinch, clinch, coapt, cramp, crank, deposit, drop anchor, entrench, garter, girth, ground, grout, hang, hang, hang up, hasp, hook, intrench, joggle, joint, latch, lock, lock up, lodge, moor, moor, noose, picket, pin, rig, rivet, rope up, run up, sew, sew together, spike, stake, staple, stay, stick, stitch, strap, string, tack, tie, tie up, toggle, velcro, wedge, wire, zip, zip up, zipper


Causefasten


Antonymsunfasten

3. secure (possession) assure payment of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)guarantee, vouch


Narrower (hyponym)certify

4. secure (communication) make certain of


SamplesThis nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us.
Preparation will guarantee success!.


Synonymsassure, ensure, guarantee, insure


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)doom, make


Verb groupguarantee, vouch

5. secure (contact) fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug


SamplesPlug the hole.
Stop up the leak.


Synonymsplug, stop up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)close, fill up


Narrower (hyponym)chink, cork, cork up, stopper, stopple, tampon


Entailenter, infix, insert, introduce

6. secure (contact) furnish with battens


SamplesBatten ships.


Synonymsbatten, batten down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)beef up, fortify, strengthen









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