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From Latin securus ‎(of persons, free from care, quiet, easy; in a bad sense, careless, reckless; of things, tranquil, also free from danger, safe, secure), from se- ‎(without) + cura ‎(care); see cure. Cf. also the obsolete doublet sicker.



secure ‎(comparative securer or more secure, superlative securest or most secure)

  1. Free from attack or danger; protected.
  2. Free from the danger of theft; safe.
  3. Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
  4. Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
    • Dryden
      But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes.
  5. Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
  6. Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
  7. Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly used with of.
    secure of a welcome
    • Milton
      Confidence then bore thee on, secure / Either to meet no danger, or to find / Matter of glorious trial.
  8. Overconfident; incautious; careless.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)


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secure ‎(third-person singular simple present secures, present participle securing, simple past and past participle secured)

  1. To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
    • Dryden
      I spread a cloud before the victor's sight, / Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight.
  2. 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
    • T. Dick
      It secures its possessor of eternal happiness.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
    "[Captain] was able to secure some good photographs of the fortress." (Flight, 1911, p. 766)
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.


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  1. Feminine plural form of securo




  1. ablative singular of secūris



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From Latin secūris, secūrem. Compare Italian scure.


secure f ‎(plural securi)

  1. axe, hatchet
  2. battle axe, halberd