se|cure1 [ sı`kjur ] verb transitive FORMAL ***
1. ) to get or achieve something important:
He secured widespread support among the party's senior members.
secure someone's release (=make it possible for someone such as a prisoner to have their freedom): We are seeking their assistance in securing the release of the hostages.
secure a victory: The team secured their second victory of the season.
2. ) to make an area or building safe:
A police escort secured the route of the president.
We have done our best to secure the embassy against terrorist attacks.
3. ) to hold something firmly in place by tying or fastening it:
Screws secure the steel bars to the window frame.
a pile of letters secured with a piece of string
4. ) BUSINESS to get money from a bank or from a person by promising to give them goods or property if you cannot return the money:
The loan is secured by a mortgage on our house.
se|cure 2 [ sı`kjur ] adjective **
1. ) safe from attack, harm, or damage:
Make your home more secure with our burglar alarm system.
secure from: The computer system is secure from intruders.
secure against: No store can be completely secure against theft.
a ) a secure area or building is guarded so that only specific people can enter or leave it:
Only accredited journalists are permitted in the secure area.
b ) a secure situation or job is safe and reliable:
The union contract guarantees secure jobs.
She wanted a job with a more secure future.
He believed in putting his money into conservative but secure investments.
2. ) feeling confident and safe:
The important thing is that children feel secure about being loved.
a ) in a situation where you do not need to worry:
financially secure: Everyone wants to be financially secure in retirement.
secure in the knowledge that: You can go home, secure in the knowledge that your car is safe.
3. ) fastened firmly, in a safe way:
Make sure the pictures are secure.
╾ se|cure|ly adverb:
Please make sure that your seat belt is securely fastened.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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