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secure

2 verb
     
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secure2 W2 [transitive]
1

get/achieve

to get or achieve something that will be permanent, especially after a lot of effort:
Boyd's goal secured his team's place in the Cup Final.
secure a deal/contract
The company secured a $20 million contract.
Negotiators are still working to secure the hostages' release.
Redgrave won his third Olympic gold medal, and secured his place in history.
2

safe from harm

to make something safe from being attacked, harmed, or lost:
Troops were sent to secure the border.
secure something against somebody/something
They built a 10ft high fence to secure the house against intruders.
an agreement to secure the future of the rainforest
3

tie firmly

to fasten or tie something firmly in a particular position
secure something to something
John secured the boat firmly to the jetty.
4

borrowing money

BFL if you secure a debt or a loan, you legally promise that if you cannot pay back the money you have borrowed, you will give the lender goods or property of the same value instead:
He used his house to secure the loan.

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