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adj. se·cur·er, se·cur·est
1. Free from danger or attack: a secure fortress.
2. Free from risk of loss; safe: Her papers were secure in the vault.
3. Free from the risk of being intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons: Only one telephone line in the embassy was secure.
4. Free from fear, anxiety, or doubt: felt secure in his old job.
a. Not likely to fail or give way; stable: a secure stepladder.
b. Firmly fastened: a secure lock.
6. Reliable; dependable: secure investments.
7. Assured; certain: With three goals in the first period they had a secure victory, but somehow they lost.
8. Archaic Careless or overconfident.
tr.v. se·cured, se·cur·ing, se·cures
1. To guard from danger or risk of loss: The troops secured the area before the civilians were allowed to return.
2. To make firm or tight; fasten. See Synonyms at fasten.
3. To make certain; ensure: The speaker could not secure the goodwill of the audience.
a. To guarantee payment of (a loan, for example).
b. To guarantee payment to (a creditor).
5. To get possession of; acquire: secured a job.
6. To capture or confine: They secured the suspect in the squad car.
7. To bring about; effect: secured release of the hostages.
8. To protect or ensure the privacy or secrecy of (a telephone line, for example).

[Latin sēcūrus : sē-, without; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + cūra, care; see cure.]

se·cur′a·ble adj.
se·cure′ly adv.
se·cure′ment n.
se·cure′ness n.
se·cur′er n.


1. free from danger, damage, etc
2. free from fear, care, etc
3. in safe custody
4. not likely to fail, become loose, etc
5. able to be relied on; certain: a secure investment.
6. (Nautical Terms) nautical stowed away or made inoperative
7. archaic careless or overconfident
8. (tr) to obtain or get possession of: I will secure some good seats.
9. (when: intr, often foll by against) to make or become free from danger, fear, etc
10. (tr) to make fast or firm; fasten
11. (when: intr, often foll by against) to make or become certain; guarantee: this plan will secure your happiness.
12. (Law) (tr) to assure (a creditor) of payment, as by giving security
13. (Military) (tr) to make (a military position) safe from attack
14. (Nautical Terms) nautical to make (a vessel or its contents) safe or ready by battening down hatches, stowing gear, etc
15. (Nautical Terms) (tr) nautical to stow or make inoperative: to secure the radio.
[C16: from Latin sēcūrus free from care, from sē- without + cūra care]
seˈcurable adj
seˈcurely adv
seˈcurement n
seˈcureness n
seˈcurer n



adj. -cur•er, -cur•est, adj.
1. free from danger or harm; safe.
2. not liable to fail, yield, etc., as a support or fastening; firm.
3. affording safety, as a place.
4. kept in safe custody.
5. free from care or anxiety.
6. firmly established, as a reputation.
7. certain; assured: secure in his religious belief.
8. safe from penetration or interception by unauthorized persons: secure radio communications.
9. Archaic. overconfident.
10. to get hold of; obtain.
11. to free from danger or harm; make safe.
12. to make certain of; ensure: The novel secured his reputation.
13. to make fast: to secure a rope.
a. to assure payment of (a debt) by pledging property.
b. to assure (a creditor) of payment by a pledge.
15. to lock or fasten against intruders.
16. to capture (a person or animal).
17. to tie up the arms or hands of; pinion.
18. to guarantee the privacy or secrecy of: to secure diplomatic phone conversations.
19. to be or become safe; have security.
20. Naut.
a. to cover openings and make movable objects fast.
b. to be excused from duty: All hands secure from general quarters.
[1525–35; < Latin sēcūrus carefree =sē- se- + -cūrus, adj. derivative of cūra care; compare sure]
se•cure′ly, adv.
se•cure′ness, n.
safe, secure - Safe and secure, now nearly synonymous, used to be more different; secure was subjective—man's own sense of the absence of danger—while safe was objective, the fact of such absence of danger.
See also related terms for objective.


In an operational context, to gain possession of a position or terrain feature, with or without force, and to make such disposition as will prevent, as far as possible, its destruction or loss by enemy action. See also denial measure.


1. 'safe'

Safe /seɪf/ as an adjective has two main meanings.

If someone is safe, they are not in danger or cannot be harmed.

We're safe now. They've gone.
Thank goodness the children are safe.

Be Careful!
When safe is used to describe people, it is never used in front of a noun. Don't say, for example, 'the safe children'.

You can say that you are safe from something or someone to mean that you cannot be harmed by them.

They want to keep their families safe from crime.
She realised with relief that she was safe from him now.

You can also say that something is safe to mean that it is not dangerous or risky.

Is the water safe to drink?
You should always keep your passport in a safe place.
2. 'secure'

Something that is secure is protected so that nobody can get into it, steal it, or commit a crime involving it.

The hotel has 24-hour secure parking.
A secure password should contain a mixture of numbers, symbols, and letters.

You can also use secure to talk about a feeling of confidence that something is likely to continue or succeed.

To enjoy life you have to be financially secure.
The new job offered him a more secure future.


Past participle: secured
Gerund: securing

I secure
you secure
he/she/it secures
we secure
you secure
they secure
I secured
you secured
he/she/it secured
we secured
you secured
they secured
Present Continuous
I am securing
you are securing
he/she/it is securing
we are securing
you are securing
they are securing
Present Perfect
I have secured
you have secured
he/she/it has secured
we have secured
you have secured
they have secured
Past Continuous
I was securing
you were securing
he/she/it was securing
we were securing
you were securing
they were securing
Past Perfect
I had secured
you had secured
he/she/it had secured
we had secured
you had secured
they had secured
I will secure
you will secure
he/she/it will secure
we will secure
you will secure
they will secure
Future Perfect
I will have secured
you will have secured
he/she/it will have secured
we will have secured
you will have secured
they will have secured
Future Continuous
I will be securing
you will be securing
he/she/it will be securing
we will be securing
you will be securing
they will be securing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been securing
you have been securing
he/she/it has been securing
we have been securing
you have been securing
they have been securing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been securing
you will have been securing
he/she/it will have been securing
we will have been securing
you will have been securing
they will have been securing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been securing
you had been securing
he/she/it had been securing
we had been securing
you had been securing
they had been securing
I would secure
you would secure
he/she/it would secure
we would secure
you would secure
they would secure
Past Conditional
I would have secured
you would have secured
he/she/it would have secured
we would have secured
you would have secured
they would have secured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - get by special effort; "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"
suborn - procure (false testimony or perjury)
obtain - come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?"
copyright - secure a copyright on a written work; "did you copyright your manuscript?"
patent - obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?"
enlist, engage - hire for work or assistance; "engage aid, help, services, or support" - cause to be firmly attachedsecure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
strap - secure (a sprained joint) with a strap
tie, bind - fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied their victim to the chair"
rig - connect or secure to; "They rigged the bomb to the ignition"
bitt - secure with a bitt; "bitt the ship line"
latch - fasten with a latch; "latch the door"
garter - fasten with or as if with a garter
chain - fasten or secure with chains; "Chain the chairs together"
cable - fasten with a cable; "cable trees"
picket - fasten with a picket; "picket the goat"
rope up - attach to one another, for safety; "The mountaineers roped up when they started the final ascent"
attach - cause to be attached
cinch, girth - tie a cinch around; "cinch horses"
bandage, bind - wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
cramp - secure with a cramp; "cramp the wood"
cleat - secure on a cleat; "cleat a line"
cast anchor, drop anchor, anchor - secure a vessel with an anchor; "We anchored at Baltimore"
anchor, ground - fix firmly and stably; "anchor the lamppost in concrete"
moor - secure with cables or ropes; "moor the boat"
moor, berth, tie up - secure in or as if in a berth or dock; "tie up the boat"
spike - secure with spikes
sew, sew together, stitch, run up - fasten by sewing; do needlework
crank - fasten with a crank
noose - secure with a noose
chock - secure with chocks
brad - fasten with brads
bight - fasten with a bight
belay - fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
belay - turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
bar - secure with, or as if with, bars; "He barred the door"
clamp - fasten or fix with a clamp; "clamp the chair together until the glue has hardened"
velcro - fasten with Velcro; "velcro the belt"
stay - fasten with stays
clinch - flatten the ends (of nails and rivets); "the nails were clinched"
clinch - secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts; "The girder was clinched into the wall"
lock - fasten with a lock; "lock the bike to the fence"
lock up - secure by locking; "lock up the house before you go on vacation"
hasp - secure or lock with a hasp
zip, zip up, zipper - close with a zipper; "Zip up your jacket--it's cold"
tack - fasten with tacks; "tack the notice on the board"
string - string together; tie or fasten with a string; "string the package"
hook - fasten with a hook
belt - fasten with a belt; "belt your trousers"
cement - bind or join with or as if with cement
grout - bind with grout; "grout the bathtub"
staple - secure or fasten with a staple or staples; "staple the papers together"
rivet - fasten with a rivet or rivets
button - fasten with buttons; "button the dress"
pin - attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins; "pin the needle to the shirt". "pin the blame on the innocent man"
hang, hang up - cause to be hanging or suspended; "Hang that picture on the wall"
hang - place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction; "hang a door"
deposit, stick, wedge, lodge - put, fix, force, or implant; "lodge a bullet in the table"; "stick your thumb in the crack"
entrench, intrench - fix firmly or securely
buckle, clasp - fasten with a buckle or buckles
brooch, clasp - fasten with or as if with a brooch
stake - tie or fasten to a stake; "stake your goat"
wire - fasten with wire; "The columns were wired to the beams for support"
coapt - fit tightly and fasten
joggle - fasten or join with a joggle
joint - fasten with a joint
toggle - fasten with, or as if with, a toggle - assure payment of
guarantee, vouch - give surety or assume responsibility; "I vouch for the quality of my products"
certify - guarantee payment on; of checks - make certain ofsecure - make certain of; "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!"
guarantee, vouch - give surety or assume responsibility; "I vouch for the quality of my products"
doom - make certain of the failure or destruction of; "This decision will doom me to lose my position"
make - assure the success of; "A good review by this critic will make your play!" - fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug; "plug the hole"; "stop up the leak"
stopper, stopple - close or secure with or as if with a stopper; "She stoppered the wine bottle"; "The mothers stoppered their babies' mouths with pacifiers"
tampon - plug with a tampon
fill up, close - fill or stop up; "Can you close the cracks with caulking?"
chink - fill the chinks of, as with caulking
cork, cork up - close a bottle with a cork - furnish with battens; "batten ships"
beef up, fortify, strengthen - make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two countries" - free from fear or doubt; easy in mind; "he was secure that nothing will be held against him"
insecure - lacking self-confidence or assurance; "an insecure person lacking mental stability" - free from danger or risk; "secure from harm"; "his fortune was secure"; "made a secure place for himself in his field"
protected - kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss; "the most protected spot I could find"
safe - free from danger or the risk of harm; "a safe trip"; "you will be safe here"; "a safe place"; "a safe bet"
invulnerable - immune to attack; impregnable; "gunners raked the beach from invulnerable positions on the cliffs"
unsafe, insecure - lacking in security or safety; "his fortune was increasingly insecure"; "an insecure future" - not likely to fail or give way; "the lock was secure"; "a secure foundation"; "a secure hold on her wrist"
fixed - securely placed or fastened or set; "a fixed piece of wood"; "a fixed resistor"
insecure - not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way; "the hinge is insecure" - immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with; "an impregnable fortress"; "fortifications that made the frontier inviolable"; "a secure telephone connection"
invulnerable - immune to attack; impregnable; "gunners raked the beach from invulnerable positions on the cliffs" - financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment"
sound - financially secure and safe; "sound investments"; "a sound economy"


1. obtain, get, acquire, land (informal), score (slang), gain, pick up, get hold of, come by, procure, make sure of, win possession of His achievements helped him to secure the job.
obtain lose, give up, let (something) slip through (your) fingers
2. attach, stick, fix, bind, pin, lash, glue, fasten, rivet The frames are secured by horizontal rails to the back wall.
attach detach, loose, untie, unloose
3. fasten, close, lock, shut, seal, bolt, lock up, chain, padlock, batten down, make fast With a discreet click he secured the lock.
4. make safe, strengthen, fortify, make sound, make invulnerable, make impregnable We need to teach people how to secure themselves in these areas.
5. moor, anchor, tie up, lash, berth, hitch, make fast He secured the boat and then came to join us.
6. guarantee, protect, insure, ensure, assure, warrant, indemnify The loan is secured against your home.
guarantee endanger, imperil, leave unguaranteed
1. safe, protected, shielded, sheltered, immune, unassailable, impregnable We shall make sure our home is as secure as possible.
safe endangered, unsafe, unprotected
2. fast, firm, fixed, tight, stable, steady, fortified, fastened, dependable, immovable Shelves are only as secure as their fixings.
fast loose, insecure, unsafe, precarious, unsound, unfixed, not fastened
3. reliable, definite, solid, absolute, conclusive, in the bag (informal) demands for secure wages and employment
4. protected, safe, guarded, sheltered, shielded, in safe hands, out of harm's way, free from danger He was determined to give his family a secure and solid base.
5. confident, relaxed, sure, easy, certain, happy, comfortable, assured, reassured, at ease, unworried She felt secure and protected when she was with him.
confident uncertain, uneasy, unsure, insecure, ill-at-ease, unassured


1. Affording protection:
2. Having a firm belief in one's own powers:
3. Not easily moved or shaken:
4. Firmly settled or positioned:
5. Persistently holding to something:
6. Such as could not possibly fail or disappoint:
Informal: sure-fire.
1. To keep safe from danger, attack, or harm:
Archaic: fend.
2. To make secure:
Idiom: make fast.
3. To join one thing to another:
4. To make fast or firmly fixed, as by means of a cord or rope:
5. To render certain:
Informal: cinch.
6. To give a promise of payment of:
7. To come into possession of:
Informal: land, pick up.
8. To gain possession of, especially after a struggle or chase:
Informal: bag.
Slang: nail.
آمِن، مُؤَمَّن، أمينثابِت، مُثَبَّت، مُقْفَلمُؤَكَّد، مَضْمونمَأْمُونيُؤَمِّن
binda, festafastur; örugguröruggurtrausturtryggja
an toàn


1. (= firm, solid) [knot, rope, hold] → seguro; [door, window, lock, bolt] → bien cerrado; [structure, foothold] → firme; [ladder] → bien sujeto; [base, foundation] → sólido
to have a secure foothold in a markettener un punto de apoyo firme en un mercado
2. (= safe) [job, place, building] → seguro; [position] → garantizado; [career, future] → asegurado
to be secure against sth = to be secure from sth
to be financially securetener seguridad económica
to be secure from sthestar protegido contra algo
I want to make my home secure against burglarsquiero proteger mi casa contra los ladrones
to make an area securehacer de una zona un lugar seguro
3. (emotionally) [person] → seguro; [relationship, environment] → estable
children need a secure home lifelos niños necesitan un ambiente estable en el hogar
to be emotionally securetener estabilidad emocional
to feel secure (about sth)sentirse seguro (con respecto a algo)
to make sb feel securehacer a algn sentirse seguro
secure in the knowledge thatseguro de que, confiado de que
1. (= make fast) [+ rope] → sujetar bien; (to floor etc) → afianzar; [+ load] → asegurar; [+ door, window] → cerrar bien; (= tie up) [+ person, animal] → atar, amarrar (LAm)
a shawl secured at the neck by a broochun chal sujeto a la altura del cuello con un broche
2. (= make safe) [+ home, building] → proteger (against, from de contra de contra) [+ career, future] → asegurar
3. (frm) (= obtain) [+ job, peace, freedom, support] → conseguir, obtener
they have not got enough evidence to secure a convictionno tienen suficientes pruebas para conseguir que lo condenen
a win that secured them a place in the finaluna victoria que les aseguró un puesto en la final
to secure victoryconseguir la victoria
4. (Fin) [+ loan, debt] → garantizar
you can secure the loan against your homepuedes poner la casa como garantía or aval del préstamo
secured creditoracreedor(a) m/f con garantía
secured debtdeuda f garantizada
secured loanpréstamo m con garantía
5. (Mil) (= capture) → tomar, capturar
C. CPD secure accommodation N (Brit) (Jur) centro de prevención contra la delincuencia
secure unit N (Brit) (for young offenders, mental patients) → unidad f de seguridad


(= safe) [building, door, room] → sécurisé(e)
secure transactions → transactions sécurisées
(= free from anxiety) → en sécurité
We feel financially secure → Nous nous sentons en sécurité sur le plan financier.
(= firmly fixed) → solidement fixé(e)
to make sth secure → fixer qch solidement
(= certain) [job, income, future] → stable
(= in a safe place) → en sécurité
(= fix in place) → fixer, attacher
(= get) → obtenir, se procurer
to secure sth for sb → obtenir qch pour qn, procurer qch à qn
(= make safe) [+ building, area] → sécuriser
(FINANCE) [+ loan] → garantirsecured creditor ncréancier m garanti


adj (+er)
(= safe)sicher; (emotionally) → geborgen; existence, incomegesichert; secure in the knowledge that …ruhig in dem Bewusstsein, dass …; to be secure against or from somethingvor etw (dat)sicher sein; to feel securesich sicher fühlen; (emotionally) → sich geborgen fühlen; to feel secure about one’s futureder Zukunft sicher entgegensehen; to make somebody feel securejdm das Gefühl der Sicherheit geben; to be financially securefinanziell abgesichert sein; to be emotionally secureemotional stabil sein
(= fastened) lock, doorgesichert; (= firm, well-fastened) grip, knot, tilefest; is the window secure?ist das Fenster fest zu?; is the lid secure?ist der Deckel fest drauf?; to make a door/window/rope secureeine Tür/ein Fenster/ein Seil sichern; to make a tile secureeinen Ziegel befestigen
(= solid) basesicher, solide; to have a secure foothold (fig)festen Fuß gefasst haben; on secure groundauf sicherem Boden
(= fasten, make firm)festmachen; (= tie up)befestigen, festmachen; window, doorfest zumachen; (with chain, bolt etc) → sichern; tilebefestigen; (= make safe)sichern (from, against gegen), schützen (→ from, against vor +dat)
(= obtain)sich (dat)sichern; majority of votes, ordererhalten; profits, higher priceserzielen; share, interest in businesserwerben; (= buy)erstehen; cook, employeeverpflichten; to secure something for somebody, to secure somebody somethingjdm etw sichern; to secure somebody’s servicesjdn verpflichten; their troops have now secured the bridge/the airportdie Truppen haben jetzt die Brücke/den Flugplatz gegen feindliche Angriffe gesichert
(= guarantee)sichern, garantieren; loan(ab)sichern


1. adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl)))
a. (firm, knot) → saldo/a, sicuro/a; (nail) → ben piantato/a; (rope) → ben fissato/a; (door) → ben chiuso/a; (ladder, chair) → stabile; (hold) → saldo/a
to make sth secure → fissare bene qc
b. (safe, place, container) → sicuro/a; (certain, career, success) → assicurato/a; (victory) → certo/a
secure from or against sth → al sicuro da qc
c. (free from anxiety) → sicuro/a, tranquillo/a
to rest secure in the knowledge that ... → stare tranquillo/a sapendo che...
2. vt
a. (fix, rope) → assicurare; (door, window) → chiudere bene; (tie up, person, animal) → legare
b. (make safe) to secure (from or against)proteggere (da)
c. (frm) (obtain, job, staff) → assicurarsi
to secure sth for sb → procurare qc per or a qn
d. (Fin) (loan) → garantire


(siˈkjuə) adjective
1. (often with against or from) safe; free from danger, loss etc. Is your house secure against burglary?; He went on holiday, secure in the knowledge that he had done well in the exam.
2. firm, fastened, or fixed. Is that door secure?
3. definite; not likely to be lost. She has had a secure offer of a job; He has a secure job.
1. (with against or from (something bad)) to guarantee or make safe. Keep your jewellery in the bank to secure it against theft.
2. to fasten or make firm. He secured the boat with a rope.
seˈcurely adverb
seˈcurity noun
the state of being, or making safe, secure, free from danger etc. the security of a happy home; This alarm system will give the factory some security; There has to be tight security at a prison; (also adjective) the security forces; a security guard.
security risk
a person considered not safe to be given a job involving knowledge of secrets because he might give secret information to an enemy etc.


مَأْمُون bezpečný sikker sicher εξασφαλισμένος asegurado turvallinen sécurisé siguran sicuro 安全な 안전한 beveiligd beskyttet bezpieczny seguro безопасный säker ปลอดภัย güvenli an toàn 安全的


a. seguro-a;
v. asegurar.
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