I. adjective (securer; -est) Etymology: Latin securus safe, secure, from se without + cura care — more at suicide Date: circa 1533 1. a. archaic unwisely free from fear or distrust ; overconfident b. easy in mind ; confident c. assured in opinion or expectation ; having no doubt 2. a. free from danger b. free from risk of loss c. affording safety <
a secure hideaway
d. trustworthy, dependable <
a secure foundation
3. assured 1 <
a secure victory
securely adverbsecureness noun II. verb (secured; securing) Date: 1588 transitive verb 1. a. to relieve from exposure to danger ; act to make safe against adverse contingencies <
secure a supply line from enemy raids
b. to put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving ; guarantee <
secure the blessings of liberty — U.S. Constitution
c. to give pledge of payment to (a creditor) or of (an obligation) <
secure a note by a pledge of collateral
2. a. to take (a person) into custody ; hold fast ; pinion b. to make fast <
secure a door
secure a bike to a tree
3. a. to get secure usually lasting possession or control of <
secure a job
b. bring about, effect 4. to release (naval personnel) from work or duty intransitive verb 1. of naval personnel to stop work ; go off duty 2. of a ship to tie up ; berth Synonyms: see ensuresecurer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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