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Etymology [ edit ]
+ secure , from -ity Middle English , from securite Middle French (modern securité ), from sécurité Latin , from sēcūritās Latin sēcūrus ( “ safe, secure ” ), from se- ( “ without ” ) + cura ( “ care ” ); see . Similar to Latin cure sine cura ( “ without care, carefree ” ), which led to English . sinecure Doublet of .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
security ( , countable and uncountable plural )
( uncountable ) The condition of not being threatened, especially physically, psychologically, emotionally, or financially.
Chad always carries a gun for his own security. The pink blanket gives little Mary lots of security.
c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act III, scene vii]: OCLC 606515358 Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard, / From firm security. 1711 December 8, [Jonathan Swift], “The Eighth Article of the Grand Alliance”, in , 4th edition, London: The Conduct of the Allies, and of the Late Ministry, in Beginning and Carrying on the Present War [ … ] John Morphew [ … ] , published 1711, , OCLC 1204920679 pages 73–74: Was there no way to provide for the Safety of Britain, or the Security for its Trade, but by the French Kings turning his own Arms to beat his Grandſon out of Spain?
( countable ) Something that secures. An
organization or department responsible for providing security by enforcing laws, rules, and regulations as well as maintaining order.
Pamela works in security.
2013 June 8, “ The new masters and commanders”, in , volume 407, number 8839, page 52: The Economist From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
( law ) Something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation or law.
( law ) Freedom from apprehension.
( finance , often used in plural ) A tradeable financial asset, such as a share of stock. W
( finance ) Proof of ownership of stocks, bonds or other investment instruments.
( finance ) Property etc. temporarily relinquished to guarantee repayment of a loan. A
( obsolete ) Carelessness; negligence.
1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “ The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act III, scene ii]: OCLC 606515358 He means, my lord, that we are too remiss, Whilst Bolingbroke, through our security, Grows strong and great in substance and in power.
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→ Japanese: セキュリティ ( sekyuriti )
Translations [ edit ]
condition of not being threatened
siguri (sq) f Arabic:
أَمْن m ( ʾamn ), أَمَان f ( ʾamān ), سَلَامَة f ( salāma ) Armenian:
ապահովություն (hy) ( apahovutʿyun ) Asturian:
seguridá f Azerbaijani:
təhlükəsizlik (az) Belarusian:
бяспе́ка f ( bjaspjéka ) Bengali:
নিরাপত্তা ( nirapôtta ) Bulgarian:
безопа́сност (bg) f ( bezopásnost ) Burmese:
လုံခြုံရေး (my) ( lumhkrum-re: ), ဘေးဆီးရန်ကာ (my) ( bhe:hci:ranka ) Catalan:
seguretat (ca) f Chinese:
Mandarin: 安全 (zh) ( ānquán ) Czech:
bezpečí (cs) , n bezpečnost (cs) , f jistota (cs) , f zajištění (cs) n Danish:
sikkerhed c Dutch:
veiligheid (nl) , f zekerheid (nl) f Estonian:
, ohutus turvalisus Faroese:
trygd f Finnish:
turvallisuus , (fi) turva (fi) French:
sécurité (fr) f Friulian:
sigurece f Georgian:
დაცულობა ( daculoba ), უსაფრთხოება ( usaprtxoeba ), უშიშროება ( ušišroeba ) German:
Sicherheit (de) f Gothic:
𐍄𐌿𐌻𐌲𐌹𐌸𐌰 f ( tulgiþa ) Greek:
ασφάλεια (el) f ( asfáleia )
Ancient: ἀσφάλεια f ( aspháleia ) Hebrew:
בִּטָחוֹן (he) m ( bitakhón ) Hindi:
सुरक्षा (hi) f ( surakṣā ), ज़ामिन ( zāmin ) Hungarian:
biztonság (hu) Icelandic:
öryggi (is) n Indonesian:
keselamatan , (id) keamanan (id) Irish:
slándáil , f tearmann , m sábháilteacht f Italian:
sicurezza (it) f Japanese:
安全 (ja) ( あんぜん, anzen ), セキュリティー (ja) ( sekyuritī ) Kazakh:
қауіпсіздік ( qawipsizdik ) Khmer:
និរន្តរាយ (km) ( nirɑntaʼraay ), សន្តិសុខ (km) ( sɑntesok ) Korean:
안전 (ko) ( anjeon ) Kurdish:
Central Kurdish: ئەمانەت (ku) ( emanet ), ئاشتی (ku) ( aştî ) Kyrgyz: коопсуздук (ky) ( koopsuzduk )
organization or department responsible for providing security
something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation
finance: tradable financial asset
finance: property temporarily relinquished
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References [ edit ]
security at OneLook Dictionary Search security in
Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
security in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911. on Wikipedia. security Wikipedia