Definition of secure verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sɪˈkjʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈkjʊr//
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they secure
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkjʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈkjʊr//
    he / she / it secures
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkjʊəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈkjʊrz//
    past simple secured
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkjʊəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈkjʊrd//
    past participle secured
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkjʊəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈkjʊrd//
    -ing form securing
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkjʊərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈkjʊrɪŋ//
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    get something
  1. 1to 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 at law school. secure somebody/something/yourself something He secured himself a place at 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 somebody 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 on the house
  8. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘feeling no apprehension’): from Latin securus, from se- ‘without’ + cura ‘care’.Extra examples She secured the boat with a rope. The crates had not been firmly secured to the truck. The party won 399 seats, thereby securing a majority in the Assembly. The police safely secured the release of the youngster. They failed to secure the release of the prisoners. This could improve your chances of securing employment. Victory was not going to be easily secured. the failure to secure public support for the project trying to improve their chances of securing employment Choosing the right type of savings plan is crucial for you to secure your child’s future. He’s just secured a $5 million contract. No home can be completely secured against intruders. She secured the rope to the back of the car with a firm knot. The government has deployed 35 000 troops in an effort to secure the border. The rail was secured with bolts. Wrap a bandage around the arm and secure it with tape or a pin.
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