secure Definition

  • 1fixed or fastened so as not to give way, become loose, or be lost
  • 2certain to remain safe and unthreatened
  • 3protected against attack or other criminal activity

Using secure: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "secure" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The doors were securely locked.

  • Example

    I feel secure in my job.

  • Example

    The building has a secure entrance.

secure Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using secure

  • taking extra precautions to ensure safety or success


    Let's take some extra equipment on the hike, just to be on the secure side.

  • to obtain money or financial success


    He worked hard to secure the bag and provide for his family.

  • secure one's future

    take steps to ensure future success or stability


    She invested in her education to secure her future.

Phrases with secure

  • obtain a loan by providing collateral or meeting certain requirements


    He was able to secure a loan for his new business.

  • obtain a contract by meeting certain requirements or winning a bid


    The company was able to secure a contract with the government.

  • secure in one's beliefs

    having strong convictions or beliefs that are unlikely to change


    She is secure in her religious beliefs.

Origins of secure

from Latin 'securus', meaning 'free from care'


Summary: secure in Brief

The term 'secure' [sɪˈkjʊə(r)] refers to something that is fixed or fastened so as not to give way, become loose, or be lost. It can also mean certain to remain safe and unthreatened, or protected against attack or other criminal activity. Examples include 'The doors were securely locked.' and 'I feel secure in my job.' Phrases like 'secure a loan' and 'secure the bag' denote obtaining something, while 'secure in one's beliefs' implies having strong convictions.

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