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adjective secure pronunciation in American English /sɪˈkjʊr/
  1. 1
    safe from attack, harm, or damage
    Make your home more secure with our burglar alarm system.
    secure from: The computer system is secure from intruders.
    secure against: No store can be completely secure against theft.
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    1. a.
      a secure situation or job is safe and reliable
      The union contract guarantees secure jobs.
      She wanted a job with a more secure future.
      He believed in putting his money into conservative but secure investments.
  2. 2
    feeling confident and safe
    The important thing is that children feel secure about being loved.
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      in a situation where you do not need to worry
      financially secure: Everyone wants to be financially secure in retirement.
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  3. 3
    fastened firmly, in a safe way
    Make sure the pictures are secure.
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    a secure area or building is guarded so that only specific people can enter or leave it
    Only accredited journalists are permitted in the secure area.

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 secure pronunciation in American English adverb
Please make sure that your seat belt is securely fastened.
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the buying and selling of human organs

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