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1‘check to ensure that all nuts and bolts are secure’
tight, firm, taut, fixed, secured, done up
closed, shut, locked, sealed
2‘make sure that the ladder you are working on is secure’
stable, fixed, secured, fast, safe, steady, immovable, unshakeable, dependable
anchored, moored, jammed, rooted, braced, cemented, riveted, nailed, tied
strong, sturdy, solid, sound
3‘jars kept secure in a pantry may survive for several generations’
protected from danger, protected from harm, free from danger, sheltered, shielded, guarded, unharmed, undamaged, safe and sound, safe, out of harm's way, in a safe place, in safe hands, invulnerable, immune, impregnable, unassailable
at ease, unworried, reassured, relaxed, happy, comfortable, confident
vulnerable, threatened, unsettled
4‘few young people face a secure future’
certain, assured, reliable, dependable, settled, fixed, established, solid, sound
1‘pins secure the handle to the main body’
fix, attach, fasten, affix, link, hitch, join, connect, couple, bond, append, annex, stick, pin, tack, nail, staple, clip
2‘the doors had not been properly secured’
fasten, close, shut, lock, bolt, chain, seal, board up
3‘Athens was seeking to secure herself from a lightning invasion from the west’
protect, make safe, make sound, make invulnerable, make immune, make impregnable, fortify, strengthen, shelter, shield, guard
4‘he killed the engine, then leapt out to secure the boat’
tie up, moor, make fast, lash, hitch, berth
5‘a written constitution would secure the rights of the individual’
assure, ensure, insure, guarantee, warrant, protect, indemnify, confirm, establish
6‘the company has already secured two million pounds' worth of business’
obtain, acquire, gain, get, find, come by, pick up, procure, get possession of
informal get hold of, land, get one's hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's mitts on
lose, let slip
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