secure (comparative securer, superlative securest)
- Free from attack or danger; protected.
- Free from the danger of theft; safe.
- Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
- Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
- But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes.
- Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
- Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
- Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly used with of.
- secure of a welcome
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Confidence then bore thee on, secure / Either to meet no danger, or to find / Matter of glorious trial.
- (obsolete) Overconfident; incautious; careless.
- French: sûr
- German: sicher, geschützt, beschützt
- Portuguese: seguro, a salvo
- Spanish: seguro, resguardado
secure (secures, present participle securing; past and past participle secured)
- To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
- I spread a cloud before the victor's sight, / Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight.
- To put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; frequently with against or from, or formerly with of.
- to secure a creditor against loss; to secure a debt by a mortgage
- It secures its possessor of eternal happiness.
- To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping.
- to secure a prisoner; to secure a door, or the hatches of a ship
- To get possession of; to make oneself secure of; to acquire certainly.
- to secure an estate
- 2014, Jamie Jackson, "Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real ↗", The Guardian, 26 August 2014:
- With the Argentinian secured United will step up their attempt to sign a midfielder and, possibly, a defender in the closing days of the transfer window. Juventus’s Arturo Vidal, Milan’s Nigel de Jong and Ajax’s Daley Blind, who is also a left-sided defensive player, are potential targets.
- (transitive, obsolete) To plight or pledge.