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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.

References in classic literature ?
If a frost comes we shall not have a hundred thousand men out of work, tramping about the streets in a state of disgusting misery, or whining to their neighbours for alms, or crowding round the doors of loathsome shelters to try and secure a hunch of bread and a night's unclean lodging.
Proportionate is our disgust at those invaders who fill a studious house with blast and running, to secure some paltry convenience.
He generally secures an equal number of syllables in each line, but he often merely counts them off on his fingers, wrenching the accents all awry, and often violently forcing the rimes as well.
But, answers one, by merely paying this tax, the poor civilized man secures an abode which is a palace compared with the savage's.
The prudence which secures an outward well-being is not to be studied by one set of men, whilst heroism and holiness are studied by another, but they are reconcilable.
The suggestion we are to examine is that such: beliefs have some recognizable quality which secures their truth, and the truth of whatever is deduced from them according to self-evident principles of inference.
The grouped letters stood out heavily black, around the pivot-head of the indicator, emphatically symbolic of loud exclamations: AHEAD, ASTERN, SLOW, Half, STAND BY; and the fat black hand pointed downwards to the word FULL, which, thus singled out, captured the eye as a sharp cry secures attention.
I should say, perhaps, in explanation of this latter piece of description, that among the other blessings which public opinion secures to the negroes, is the common practice of violently punching out their teeth.
At the club he promptly secures a large window, writing materials, and all the newspapers, and establishes himself; immoveable, to be respectfully contemplated by Pall Mall.
He had, by that time, realised an easy competenceenough to secure the purchase of a little estate adjoining Highbury, which he had always longed forenough to marry a woman as portionless even as Miss Taylor, and to live according to the wishes of his own friendly and social disposition.
Her only intervals of rest and relaxation were the intervals passed occasionally in the day with old Mazey and the dogs, and the precious interval of the night during which she was secure from observation in the solitude of her room.
I have not means to secure the good-will of a Christian beggar, were he rating it at a single penny.