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verb [transitive] formal secure pronunciation in British English /sɪˈkjʊə(r)/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theysecure
he/she/itsecures
present participlesecuring
past tensesecured
past participlesecured
  1. 1
    to get or achieve something important

    He secured widespread support among the party's senior members.

    secure someone's release (=make it possible for someone such as a prisoner to have their freedom):

    We are seeking their assistance in securing the release of the hostages.

    secure a victory:

    The team secured their second victory of the season.

  2. 2
    to make an area or building safe

    A police escort secured the route of the American president.

    We have done our best to secure the embassy against terrorist attacks.

  3. 3
    to hold something firmly in place by tying or fastening it

    Screws secure the steel bars to the window frame.

    a pile of letters secured with a piece of string

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