1 fix/lock sth firmly
firmly, properly, tightly

The crates had not been firmly secured to the truck.


She secured the boat with a rope.

2 get/achieve sth

Victory was not going to be easily secured.


The police safely secured the release of the youngster.

eventually, finally

After much bargaining, Cheng finally secured the services of a teacher.


The party won 399 seats, thereby securing a majority in the Assembly.

In 1857, he established his progressive school and thereby secured his place in Japanese history.

be able to, manage to
fail to

They failed to secure the release of the prisoners.

help (to)
an attempt to secure sth, an effort to secure sth
be aimed at securing sth
a chance of securing sth

This could improve your chances of securing employment.

failure to secure sth

the failure to secure public support for the project

in the hope of securing sth (esp. BrE), in hopes of securing sth (AmE)
be successful in securing sth
Secure is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accommodation, ↑acquittal, ↑appointment, ↑approval, ↑backing, ↑border, ↑ceasefire, ↑concession, ↑confession, ↑consent, ↑contract, ↑conviction, ↑cooperation, ↑deal, ↑debt, ↑draw, ↑employment, ↑foothold, ↑freedom, ↑fund, ↑funding, ↑future, ↑homeland, ↑improvement, ↑liberty, ↑livelihood, ↑loan, ↑majority, ↑monopoly, ↑network, ↑nomination, ↑passage, ↑peace, ↑pension, ↑perimeter, ↑permission, ↑permit, ↑place, ↑position, ↑reduction, ↑release, ↑representation, ↑reputation, ↑right, ↑seat, ↑settlement, ↑silver, ↑sponsorship, ↑spot, ↑succession, ↑support, ↑victory, ↑vote
be, feel
make sth
keep sth

It's important to keep your documents secure.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
absolutely, completely, perfectly, totally
enough, sufficiently

I finally felt secure enough in myself to have a child of my own.

economically, financially

The house has been made secure against intruders.


We left, secure in the knowledge that Mason was safe at home with his grandmother.

He dropped the reins on the ground, secure in the knowledge that the horse would remain in place as trained.

safe and secure

She felt safe and secure in his arms.

Secure is used with these nouns: ↑access, ↑accommodation, ↑base, ↑compound, ↑environment, ↑foothold, ↑footing, ↑foundation, ↑future, ↑grip, ↑hold, ↑home, ↑income, ↑position, ↑retirement, ↑storage, ↑tenancy, ↑tenant, ↑tenure, ↑transaction, ↑vault

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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