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- secuer (obsolete)
Borrowed from Latin securus (“of persons, free from care, quiet, easy; in a bad sense, careless, reckless; of things, tranquil, also free from danger, safe, secure”), from se- (“without”) + cura (“care”); see cure. Doublet of sure and the now obsolete or dialectal sicker (“certain, safe”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /səˈkjʊə(ɹ)/, /səˈkjɔː(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /səˈkjʊɹ/, /səˈkjɝ/, /səˈkjɔɹ/
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- Rhymes: -ʊə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: se‧cure
- Free from attack or danger; protected.
- Free from the danger of theft; safe.
- Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
- Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
- Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
- Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
- Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly used with of.
- secure of a welcome
- (obsolete) Overconfident; incautious; careless.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)
- To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
- To put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; frequently with against or from, or formerly with of.
- to secure a creditor against loss; to secure a debt by a mortgage
- To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping.
- to secure a prisoner; to secure a door, or the hatches of a ship
- To get possession of; to make oneself secure of; to acquire certainly.
- to secure an estate
- 2014, Jamie Jackson, "Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real", The Guardian, 26 August 2014:
- With the Argentinian secured United will step up their attempt to sign a midfielder and, possibly, a defender in the closing days of the transfer window. Juventus’s Arturo Vidal, Milan’s Nigel de Jong and Ajax’s Daley Blind, who is also a left-sided defensive player, are potential targets.
- 1911, Flight, page 766:
- [Captain] was able to secure some good photographs of the fortress.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.” He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
- secure in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- secure in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- secure in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- secure in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- secure in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- săcure (archaic)
secure f (plural securi)