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secure    : [sɪkj'ʊr]
Secure \Se*cure"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Secured}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Securing}.]
1. To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or
exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
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I spread a cloud before the victor's sight,
Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight.
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2. To put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to
make certain; to assure; to insure; -- frequently with
against or from, rarely with of; as, to secure a creditor
against loss; to secure a debt by a mortgage.
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It secures its possessor of eternal happiness. --T.
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3. To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render
incapable of getting loose or escaping; as, to secure a
prisoner; to secure a door, or the hatches of a ship.
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4. To get possession of; to make one's self secure of; to
acquire certainly; as, to secure an estate.
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{Secure arms} (Mil.), a command and a position in the manual
of arms, used in wet weather, the object being to guard
the firearm from becoming wet. The piece is turned with
the barrel to the front and grasped by the right hand at
the lower band, the muzzle is dropped to the front, and
the piece held with the guard under the right arm, the
hand supported against the hip, and the thumb on the
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Secure \Se*cure"\, a. [L. securus; pref. se- without cura
care. See {Cure} care, and cf. {Sure}, a.]
1. Free from fear, care, or anxiety; easy in mind; not
feeling suspicion or distrust; confident.
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But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes.
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2. Overconfident; incautious; careless; -- in a bad sense.
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3. Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having
reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; -- commonly
with of; as, secure of a welcome.
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Confidence then bore thee on, secure
Either to meet no danger, or to find
Matter of glorious trial. --Milton.
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4. Not exposed to danger; safe; -- applied to persons and
things, and followed by against or from. "Secure from
fortune's blows." --Dryden.
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Syn: Safe; undisturbed; easy; sure; certain; assured;
confident; careless; heedless; inattentive.
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adj 1: free from fear or doubt; easy in mind; "he was secure
that nothing will be held against him" [synonym: {secure},
{unafraid}, {untroubled}] [ant: {insecure}]
2: free from danger or risk; "secure from harm"; "his fortune
was secure"; "made a secure place for himself in his field"
[ant: {insecure}, {unsafe}]
3: not likely to fail or give way; "the lock was secure"; "a
secure foundation"; "a secure hold on her wrist" [ant:
4: immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with; "an
impregnable fortress"; "fortifications that made the frontier
inviolable"; "a secure telephone connection" [synonym:
{impregnable}, {inviolable}, {secure}, {strong},
{unassailable}, {unattackable}]
5: financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment"
[synonym: {dependable}, {good}, {safe}, {secure}]
v 1: get by special effort; "He procured extra cigarettes even
though they were rationed" [synonym: {procure}, {secure}]
2: cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door";
"she fixed her gaze on the man" [synonym: {fasten}, {fix},
{secure}] [ant: {unfasten}]
3: assure payment of
4: make certain of; "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement
for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!" [synonym:
{guarantee}, {ensure}, {insure}, {assure}, {secure}]
5: fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug; "plug the
hole"; "stop up the leak" [synonym: {plug}, {stop up}, {secure}]
6: furnish with battens; "batten ships" [synonym: {batten}, {batten
down}, {secure}]

392 Moby Thesaurus words for "secure":
accept, acquire, admit, advocate, affix, anchor, anchored, annex,
arm, armor, arouse, arrogant, arrogate, ascertained, assume,
assumed, assure, assured, attach, attest, attested, back, bag,
balanced, bang, bar, barricade, batten, batten down, be seized of,
be sponsor for, belay, believing, bind, bless, bolt, bond, bonded,
bridle, bring, bring back, bring forth, bring out, bring to light,
bulwark, button, button up, calculable, call a strike, call for,
call forth, call it quits, call out, call up, capture, catch,
cement, cemented, certain, certified, certify, chain, champion,
chase after, choke, choke off, cinch, clamp, clap, clinch, cloak,
close, close down, close shop, close up, closed, cocksure, collar,
come by, come in for, come into, compass about, confident, confirm,
constrict, contain, contract, convinced, cool, copyright, corral,
cosy, countersecure, cover, cramp, cushion, decided, deduce,
defend, definite, dependable, derive, derive from, determinate,
determined, devout, dogmatic, doubtless, drag down, drag out, draw,
draw forth, draw from, draw out, earn, easy, educe, elicit,
enchain, endorse, engraft, ensure, ensured, enter into possession,
entrammel, established, evident, evoke, faithful, faithworthy,
fast, fasten, fasten down, fastened, fence, fend, fetch,
fetch and carry, fetter, fideistic, fiducial, firm,
firm as Gibraltar, fix, fixed, flank, fold, fold up, gain, get,
get from, get hold of, get out of, glued, go after, go and get,
go fetch, go for, go get, go on strike, go to get, good, graft,
grapple, guarantee, guaranteed, guaranty, guard, guard against,
gyve, hamper, handcuff, harbor, harvest, have, have coming in,
haven, healthy, hobble, hog-tie, hopple, hubristic, hypothecate,
immovable, immune, immunized, imperturbable, impressed with,
in equilibrium, in the bag, induce, inevitable, insure, insured,
intact, invincible, jammed, keep, keep from harm, key, knit,
knock off, lash, latch, lay off, leash, lock, lock out, lock up,
locked up, made sure, make, make fast, make safe, make secure,
make sure, manacle, moor, moored, nail, nailed down, nestle, net,
obtain, obvious, occlude, on ice, open-and-shut, overconfident,
oversure, overweening, padlock, patent, peg down, persuaded,
pick up, picket, pietistic, pin down, pinion, pious, pistic, plumb,
poised, police, pompous, positive, predictable, prehend, preserve,
probable, procure, produce, profitable, protect, protected, proud,
proved, pull down, put in irons, put to, reap, reassured, receive,
register, reliable, restrain, retrieve, ride shotgun for, rivet,
rope, rouse, run after, sack, safe, safe and sound, safeguard,
sanguine, satisfied, score, screen, screw up, seal, seal off,
seal up, self, self-assured, self-confident, self-important,
self-reliant, set, set to, settled, shackle, shag, shelter,
sheltered, shield, shielded, shroud, shut, shut down,
shut the door, shut up, shut up shop, sign, sign for, slam, snap,
snug, sold on, solid, sound, sponsor, squeeze shut, stable,
stand behind, stand up for, stated, staunch, steadfast, steady,
stimulate, straitjacket, strangle, strap, strike, strong, stuck,
sturdy, subscribe to, substantial, summon forth, summon up, sure,
surefire, take, take in, take on, take over, take possession of,
taped, tested, tether, tie, tie down, tie up, tight, tighten,
trammel, trice up, tried, trim, trustworthy, trusty, unafraid,
undamaged, under the impression, undersign, underwrite, undoubtful,
undoubting, unexposed, unfailing, unfaltering, unflappable,
unflinching, unharmed, unhesitating, unhurt, unquestionable,
unscathed, unshakable, unthreatened, untouched, unwavering,
walk out, wangle, wangle out of, warrant, warranted, wedged,
well-balanced, well-founded, well-grounded, win, winkle out,
without nerves, worm out, worm out of, zip up, zipper

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