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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


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


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



5. secure financially sound

SamplesA good investment.
A secure investment.

Synonymsdependable, good, safe



English verb: secure

1. secure (possession) get by special effort

SamplesHe procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed.


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



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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