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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective secure:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb secure:

battenprocurefastenpluginsureassureguaranteefixsecureensure

Secure is sometimes a misspelling of schedule.

The word secure and its family (insecure, insecurities, insecurity, secured, securely, secures, securing, securities, security) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the adjective secure

What does secure mean as an attribute of a noun?

Secure is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more secure / securer | most secure / securest

  1. free from fear or doubt; easy in mind
  2. free from danger or risk
  3. not likely to fail or give way
    • examples: the lock was secure | a secure foundation | a secure hold on her wrist
    • antonym: insecure
    • similar: steady; tight
    • see also: fixed
  4. immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with
  5. financially safe

Alternative definition of the adjective secure

adjective

  1. Free from attack or danger; protected.
  2. Free from the danger of theft; safe.
  3. Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
  4. Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
  5. Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
  6. Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.

Definition of the verb secure

What does secure mean as a doing word?

Secure is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: secured | securing | secures

  1. get by special effort
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / for / on [Source]John earned $10 million on proceeds from the sale
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): cash, earn, fetch, gain, get, save, score, steal.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of secure: procure
    • more generic word: obtain = come into possession of
    • more specific words:
  2. cause to be firmly attached
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherHerman connected the computers together | Herman gathered the students together
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient]Herman spliced ropes
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient 1] with / into / to [Patient 2]Herman gathered students into group2
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs whisk easily | Most labels tape easily
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb] togetherSugar and cream whip together easily
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with / into / to [Patient 2]Sugar whips into cream easily

      Verbs of Combining and Attaching (with the same syntax): attach, bind, bond, bundle, concatenate, fasten, fix, glom, graft, moor, package, splice, weld.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of secure: fasten / fix
    • more generic word: attach = cause to be attached
    • more specific terms:
      • strap = secure (a sprained joint) with a strap
      • bind / tie = fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
      • rig = connect or secure to
      • bitt = secure with a bitt
      • latch = fasten with a latch
      • garter = fasten with or as if with a garter
      • chain = fasten or secure with chains
      • cable = fasten with a cable
      • picket = fasten with a picket
      • rope up = attach to one another, for safety
      • cinch / girth = tie a cinch around
      • bandage / bind = wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
      • cramp = secure with a cramp
      • cleat = secure on a cleat
      • cast anchor / drop anchor / anchor = secure a vessel with an anchor
      • anchor / ground = fix firmly and stably
      • moor = secure with cables or ropes
      • tie up / berth / moor = secure in or as if in a berth or dock
      • spike = secure with spikes
      • sew together / run up / stitch / sew = fasten by sewing
      • crank = fasten with a crank
      • noose = secure with a noose
      • chock = secure with chocks
      • brad = fasten with brads
      • bight = fasten with a bight
      • belay = fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
      • belay = turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
      • bar = secure with, or as if with, bars
      • clamp = fasten or fix with a clamp
      • stay = fasten with stays
      • clinch = flatten the ends
      • clinch = secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
      • lock = fasten with a lock
      • lock up = secure by locking
      • hasp = secure or lock with a hasp
      • zip up / zipper / zip = close with a zipper
      • tack = fasten with tacks
      • string = string together
      • hook = fasten with a hook
      • belt = fasten with a belt
      • cement = bind or join with or as if with cement
      • grout = bind with grout
      • staple = secure or fasten with a staple or staples
      • rivet = fasten with a rivet or rivets
      • button = fasten with buttons
      • pin = attach or fasten with pins
      • hang up / hang = cause to be hanging or suspended
      • hang = place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction
      • deposit / lodge / stick / wedge = put, fix, force, or implant
      • entrench / intrench = fix firmly or securely
      • buckle / clasp = fasten with a buckle or buckles
      • brooch / clasp = fasten with or as if with a brooch
      • stake = tie or fasten to a stake
      • wire = fasten with wire
      • coapt = fit tightly and fasten
      • joggle = fasten or join with a joggle
      • joint = fasten with a joint
      • toggle = fasten with, or as if with, a toggle
    • cause: fasten
  3. assure payment of
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: guarantee / vouch = give surety or assume responsibility
    • more specific word: certify = guarantee payment on
  4. make certain of
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Cause] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme, object control with infinitive]The circumstances ensured that he would arrive in timeEnsure Verbs: ascertain, assure, ensure, guarantee, insure
      [Cause] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme, not sentential clause]Our exertions ensured us a good outcome
      [Cause] [Verb] [Theme]Our exertions ensured a good outcome
      [Cause] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]The circumstances ensured a good outcome for him
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dressVerbs of Change of Possession: cash, earn, fetch, gain, get, save, score, steal
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / for / on [Source]John earned $10 million on proceeds from the sale
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of secure: assure / ensure / guarantee / insure
    • more specific words:
      • doom = make certain of the failure or destruction of
      • make = assure the success of
  5. fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug
  6. furnish with battens

Alternative definition of the verb secure

verb

  1. To make secure (in all the above senses).

Phrases with secure

  1. Fail-Secure
  2. Computationally Secure

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for secure

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Google previewAnnual Reports of Officers, Boards and Institutions of the Commonwealth of Virginia ... (1847)

Another construction which may be given to these words is this: the word secure means to make safe. This may be done by the personal responsibility of the subscriber, without requiring him to give bond or mortgage.

Google previewApplication Performance Management (APM) in the Digital Enterprise (2017)

Managing Applications for Cloud, Mobile, IoT and eBusiness by Rick Sturm, Carol Pollard, Julie Craig

Being secure means that it is not possible for the code to be altered or reverse engineered. Likewise, any encryption keys that are used must be fully protected from discovery or alteration. It is important to remember that objects with IoT ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Data Warehousing and Mining, Second Edition (2008)

by Wang, John

Secure scalar products protocols are used to give the appropriate probability for the data while preserving data privacy. The same authors summarized the above two protocols for different partitioned data and published them in (Vaidya, ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

SECURE WORKSTATION LOCATION SECONDARY MOUSE BUTTON: The clickable action menu call-up or retrieve input button device. SECONDARY RECORD: Patient record derived from the primary medical chart with selected ...

Google previewInternet Security Dictionary (2002)

by Vir V. Phoha

RSA Rivest–Shamir–Aldeman Algorithm RQT Reliability Qualifications Tests SHS Secure Hash Standard SHTTP Secure HyperText Transfer Protocol SI Special Intelligence SIGSEC Signals Security SIGINT Signals Intelligence SISS ...

Google previewFiber Optics Standard Dictionary (1997)

by Martin Weik

Federal Secure Telephone Service: A full-service secure switched voice telecommunications service designed to protect sensitive and classified voice transmissions for the U.S. Government worldwide. Common abbreviation: FSTS.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition (2014)

by Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi

Secure Routing Protocols for Wireless Adhoc Networks C Category: Cyber andNetwork Security C Secure Routing Protocols for. A receives the REP; it verifies the authenticity of the response, and can start communicating with node X . ARAN ...

Google previewMellinkoff's Dictionary of American Legal Usage (2009)

by David Mellinkoff

secure establish the identity, important in the law of unfair competition (El see) and trademarks and related marks (Elsee trademark). secondary picketing Usee picketing. second-degree murder Elsee murder. second party Elsee party. secure ...

Google previewMental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being [3 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being by Len Sperry

| Secure Attachment counseling, crisis counseling, personal counseling, coaching, and case management can assist a client in achieving either symptom relief or resolution of a current life problem. This kind of change effects stability but ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2017)

Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination, State Counseling Exams, and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination by Howard Rosenthal

Providers need to secure a National Provider Identity ...

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My theology is such that the God who loves Israel and will not forsake Israel - which is why I want to see Israel have a secure nation with secure borders - also loves the Palestinians. (Tony Campolo)
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Scrabble value of S1E1C3U1R1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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