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Secure

To assure the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation; to provide security.

A debtor "secures" a creditor by giving him or her a lien, mortgage, or other security to be used in case the debtor fails to make payment.

secure

(Confident), adjective assured, carefree, convinced, not nervous, not scared, positive, reassured, sure, unafraid, unanxious, unconcerned, unfrightened, unhesitating, unshaken, unsuspecting

secure

(Free from danger), adjective armored, dependable, guaranteed, guarded, impregnable, in safety, insured, inviolable, invulnerable, protected, safe, sheltered, stable, unassailable, unattackable, unharmable, unimperiled, unthreatened
Associated concepts: secured transactions

secure

(Sound), adjective dependable, fast, fastened, firm, fixed, immovable, infallible, reliable, solid, sound, stable, strong, substantial, trustworthy, trusty, unerring, unfailing, unimpeachable
See also: accept, acquire, adhere, apprehend, arrest, attach, attain, bar, bind, bond, buy, cement, certain, close, collect, combine, conserve, convincing, cosign, cover, definite, derive, detain, earn, educe, employ, engage, ensconce, ensure, evoke, fetter, firm, fix, fixed, gain, guarantee, guard, harbor, hijack, hinder, hire, hold, inexpugnable, infallible, infrangible, inviolate, join, keep, lock, maintain, obtain, permanent, police, positive, possess, preserve, procure, protect, purchase, reap, receive, recover, reliable, repossess, restrain, restrict, retain, safe, seal, seize, shelter, shut, solid, sound, sponsor, stabilize, stable, steadfast, strong, succeed, sustain, take, underwrite, vouch

secure

to assure a creditor of payment, as by giving SECURITY.

TO SECURE. To protect, insure, or save a right.
     2. The constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 8, gives power to congress "to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing, for limited times, to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." The inventor of a machine has the right to it exclusively at common law, and the author a right to his manuscript. But they may abandon the, right by publishing the book without having secured a copyright, (q.v.) or by using publicly the machine, and suffering others to use it, without having obtained a patent. (q.v.) Vide Secret.

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I began by picking up all the largest diamonds I could find and storing them carefully in the leathern wallet which had held my provisions; this I tied securely to my belt.
She arose at daybreak, in order to attend mass, and she worked without interruption until night; then, when dinner was over, the dishes cleared away and the door securely locked, she would bury the log under the ashes and fall asleep in front of the hearth with a rosary in her hand.
Tell me again what my wife intends doing, and in what mind she is; does she live with my son and guard my estate securely, or has she made the best match she could and married again?
The general reasons for the first have been discussed; it remains to name those for the second, and to see what resources he had, and what any one in his situation would have had for maintaining himself more securely in his acquisition than did the King of France.
A trap-door on the roof was nailed down very securely - did not appear to have been opened for years.
Huddled close to the base of a rapid fire gun was a young white girl, securely bound.
Salensus Oll had, therefore, set apart these quarters for aspirants, and here they were securely locked against the danger of attack by members of the guard.
The inflating apparatus was put together with extreme care, and the pipes issuing from the balloon were securely fitted to the cylindrical case.
It is thither that after many wanderings Charles Strickland came, and it is there that he painted the pictures on which his fame most securely rests.
Sixteen years previous to the epoch when this story takes place, one fine morning, on Quasimodo Sunday, a living creature had been deposited, after mass, in the church of Notre- Dame, on the wooden bed securely fixed in the vestibule on the left, opposite that great image of Saint Christopher, which the figure of Messire Antoine des Essarts, chevalier, carved in stone, had been gazing at on his knees since 1413, when they took it into their heads to overthrow the saint and the faithful follower.
To this end Clayton selected four trees which formed a rectangle about eight feet square, and cutting long branches from other trees he constructed a framework around them, about ten feet from the ground, fastening the ends of the branches securely to the trees by means of rope, a quantity of which Black Michael had furnished him from the hold of the Fuwalda.
When all of the twelve mice had thus concealed themselves, the Scarecrow buttoned his Jacket securely and then arose and thanked the Queen for her kindness.