|a.||1.||Free from fear, care, or anxiety; easy in mind; not feeling suspicion or distrust; confident.|
|2.||Overconfident; incautious; careless; - in a bad sense.|
|3.||Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; - commonly with of; |
|4.||Not exposed to danger; safe; - applied to persons and things, and followed by against or from.|
|v. t.||1.||To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.|
|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; |
|3.||To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping; |
|4.||To get possession of; to make one's self secure of; to acquire certainly; |
|Verb||1.||secure - get by special effort; "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"|
|2.||secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"|
|3.||secure - assure payment of|
|4.||secure - make certain of; "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!"|
|5.||secure - fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug; "plug the hole"; "stop up the leak"|
|6.||secure - furnish with battens; "batten ships"|
|Adj.||1.||secure - free from fear or doubt; easy in mind; "secure himself, he went out of his way to help others"|
insecure - lacking self-confidence or assurance; "an insecure person lacking mental stability"
|2.||secure - free from danger or risk; "secure from harm"; "his fortune was secure"; "made a secure place for himself in his field"|
|3.||secure - kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss; "the most protected spot I could find"|
|4.||secure - not likely to fail or give way; "the lock was secure"; "a secure foundation"; "a secure hold on her wrist"|
insecure - not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way; "the hinge is insecure"
|5.||secure - able to withstand attack; "an impregnable fortress"; "fortifications that made the frontier inviolable"|
|6.||secure - financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment"|
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.