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WordNet 2.0
  • make certain of
  • "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"
  • "Preparation will guarantee success!"
  • furnish with battens
  • "batten ships"
  • cause to be firmly attached
  • "fasten the lock onto the door"
  • "she fixed her gaze on the man"
  • fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug
  • "plug the hole"
  • "stop up the leak"
  • get by special effort
  • "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"
  • assure payment of
  • kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss
  • "the most protected spot I could find"
  • free from fear or doubt
  • easy in mind
  • "secure himself, he went out of his way to help others"
  • free from danger or risk
  • "secure from harm"
  • "his fortune was secure"
  • "made a secure place for himself in his field"
  • not likely to fail or give way
  • "the lock was secure"
  • "a secure foundation"
  • "a secure hold on her wrist"
  • financially sound
  • "a good investment"
  • "a secure investment"
  • able to withstand attack
  • "an impregnable fortress"
  • "fortifications that made the frontier inviolable"
secure
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Free from fear, care, or anxiety; easy in mind; not feeling suspicion or distrust; confident.

    "But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes." -- Dryden.

    2. Overconfident; incautious; careless; -- in a bad sense. Macaulay.

    3. Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; -- commonly with of; as, secure of a welcome.

    "Confidence then bore thee on, secure Either to meet no danger, or to find Matter of glorious trial." -- Milton.

    4. Not exposed to danger; safe; -- applied to persons and things, and followed by against or from. "Secure from fortune's blows." Dryden.

    Syn. -- Safe; undisturbed; easy; sure; certain; assured; confident; careless; heedless; inattentive.

  • 1. To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.

    "I spread a cloud before the victor's sight, Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight." -- Dryden.

    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.

    "It secures its possessor of eternal happiness." -- T. Dick.

    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.

    4. To get possession of; to make one's self secure of; to acquire certainly; as, to secure an estate.

    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 rammer.

 

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Thomas Carlyle
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