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secureadjective

 us   /sɪˈkjʊər/
  • secure adjective (FREE FROM RISK)

free from ​risk and the ​threat of ​change for the ​worse: a secure ​job People ​want to ​feel secure ​economically. The ​museum has a ​largeendowment, so ​itsfuture is ​relatively secure. Secure can also ​mean confident and ​free from ​worry: Children need to ​feel secure in ​order to do well at ​school.
  • secure adjective (FREE FROM DANGER)

free from ​danger or the ​threat of ​harm or ​unwantedaccess; ​safe: Troops were ​sent to make the ​border secure. He questioned whether the government’s ​computerdatabase was secure from ​hackers. For some ​time after the robbery we could not ​feel secure, ​even in ​our own ​home.
  • secure adjective (FIXED)

fixed, ​fastened, or ​locked into a ​position that ​preventsmovement: That ​ladder doesn’t ​look very secure to me. Just ​check that the ​door is secure – the ​lock doesn’t always ​work.

secureverb [T]

 us   /sɪˈkjʊr/
  • secure verb [T] (OBTAIN)

to ​obtain something, sometimes with ​difficulty: She ​managed to secure a ​loan from the ​bank.
  • secure verb [T] (FASTEN)

to ​fasten something ​firmly: Secure the ​boat to the ​dock.
  • secure verb [T] (MAKE SAFE)

to make ​sure something is ​protected from ​danger or ​threat: The ​wall was ​originallybuilt to secure the ​town from ​attack.
(Definition of secure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"secure" in British English

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secureadjective

uk   /sɪˈkjʊər/  us   /-ˈkjʊr/
  • secure adjective (FIXED)

B2 positioned or ​fixedfirmly and ​correctly and ​therefore not ​likely to ​move, ​fall, or ​break: That ​ladder doesn't ​look very secure to me. Check that all ​windows and ​doors are secure. A secure ​place is one that it is ​difficult to get out of or ​escape from: He ​killed the man just a ​month after his ​release from a secure ​mentalhospital.

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  • secure adjective (PROTECTED)

likely to ​continue and not ​fail or be ​lost: Her ​promotion has made her ​position in the ​company more secure. The ​museum has been ​promised $22 million by the ​government, so ​itsfuture is ​relatively secure. (​especially of ​objects, ​situations, etc.) ​able to ​avoid being ​harmed by any ​risk, ​danger, or ​threat: Car ​manufacturers ought to ​producevehicles that are more secure againsttheft. Endangered ​species need to be kept secure frompoachers.

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  • secure adjective (CONFIDENT)

B2 not ​doubting or being ​worried about yourself and ​yourpersonalrelationships: Children need to ​feel secure in ​order to do well at ​school.

secureverb

uk   /sɪˈkjʊər/  us   /-ˈkjʊr/
  • secure verb (GET)

[T] formal to get something, sometimes with ​difficulty: He was ​disappointed by his ​failure to secure the ​topjob with the ​bank. The ​change in the ​law will make it ​harder for the ​police to secure convictions.

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  • secure verb (FINANCE)

[T] to make ​certain that ​money that has been ​lent will be ​paid back, by giving the ​person who ​lends the ​money the ​right to own ​propertybelonging to the ​person who ​borrows it, if the ​money is not ​paid back: a secured loan Her ​bankloan is secured against/by/on her ​house.
(Definition of secure from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"secure" in Business English

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secureverb [T]

uk   us   /sɪˈkjʊər/
to ​manage to get ​money or ​achieve something, often something difficult: secure financing/a loan/a grant They hope to secure a $500,000 ​federalgrant to ​cover some of the ​developmentcosts. secure a ​deal/​contract/​commitment secure a ​win/victory The Chinese ​bank secured $3.5 ​billion in ​offers within the first few days of its ​flotation.
FINANCE to ​borrowmoney from a ​person or ​organization by ​agreeing that they can have your ​property or ​assets if you cannot ​pay it back: secure sth against/on sth The ​extradebt will be ​raised by ​sellingbonds secured on the ​hotel and ​restaurantassets. He had used the boat as ​collateral to secure a $10,000 ​loan.
to ​protect something from ​risk or threat: This ​investment is a good way of securing your family's ​financial future. Cost ​savings will ​help secure ​jobs by ​improvingcompetitiveness. Police were quick to secure the ​area when they received the ​warning of a terrorist attack.

secureadjective

uk   us   /sɪˈkjʊər/
if someone's future, ​investment, or ​job is secure, they ​feel confident that it will continue and not ​fail or be ​lost: Although the high ​returns of recent ​years cannot continue indefinitely, many still see ​property as a secure ​investment. Executives reassured existing ​employees that their ​jobs are secure.
safe and ​protected from the ​risk of an attack or ​crime: The latest ​technologyallowscustomers to make secureonline transactions. a secure ​line/​network/​site a secure ​area/​building
(Definition of secure from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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