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Definition of secure verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they secure
    he / she / it secures
    past simple secured
    -ing form securing
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    get something
  1. 1(formal) to obtain or achieve something, especially when this means using a lot of effort secure something to secure a contract/deal The team managed to secure a place in the finals. She secured 2,000 votes. The delegation has secured the promise of a ceasefire. secure something for somebody/something/yourself He secured a place for himself in law school. secure somebody/something/yourself something He secured himself a place in law school.
  2. fasten firmly
  3. 2secure something (to something) to attach or fasten something firmly She secured the rope firmly to the back of the car. The tables on board were secured firmly to the floor.
  4. protect from harm
  5. 3to protect something so that it is safe and difficult to attack or damage secure something against something to secure a property against intruders secure something The windows were secured with locks and bars. (figurative) a savings plan that will secure your child's future
  6. a loan
  7. 4secure something to legally agree to give someone property or goods that are worth the same amount as the money that you have borrowed from them, if you are unable to pay the money back a loan secured against the house
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