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verb [transitive] formal secure pronunciation in British English /sɪˈkjʊə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesecuring
past tensesecured
past participlesecured
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  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
  4. 4
    business to get money from a bank or from a person by agreeing to give them goods or property if you cannot return the money
    The loan is secured by a mortgage on our house.


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