(Latin: care, heal, cure; care for, give attention to, to take care of)
2. To examine minutely or very carefully: The police scoured the country for the two fugitives who broke out of the prison.
3. Etymology: "cleanse by rubbing", from about 1300, from Middle Dutch scuren, "to polish, to clean" and from Old French escurer, both from Late Latin excurare "to clean off"; literally, "to take good care of"; from Latin ex-, "out" + curare, "to care for".
2. Free from risk of loss; safe: "Her papers were secure in the safe deposit box."
3. Free from the risk of being intercepted or listened to by unauthorized people: "Only one telephone line in the embassy was secure."
4. Free from fear, anxiety, or doubt.
5. Not likely to fail or give way; stable: "She used a secure stepladder when she wanted to get objects from her high bookcase."
6. Firmly fastened: such as, a secure lock.
7. Reliable; dependable: "He always tried to make secure investments."
8. Assured; certain: "With three soccer goals in the first period, they had a secure victory; but somehow they lost the game."
8. Archaic, being careless or overconfident.
9. Etymology: "without care," from Latin securus, "without care, safe"; from secura, which came from se, "free from" + cura, "care".
Meaning "firmly fixed" (of material things) is from 1841, on the notion of "affording grounds for confidence". Security is attested from 1432, from Latin securitas, from securus.
2. In a confident and unselfconscious manner: Shirley acts very securely in front of the camera.
3. In a manner free from fear or risk.
4. In an invulnerable manner: The agreed line was to involve at several points the withdrawal of the military troops from positions which they had securely held for a long time.
2. The assurance that something of value will not be taken away; such as, job security.
3. Something that provides a sense of protection against loss, attack, or harm: Jim and Mary had the security of knowing that their car was thoroughly checked before departing on their trip.
4. Protection against attack from another country or subversion from within; such as, being a matter of national security.
5. Precautions taken to keep someone, or something, safe from crime, attack, or danger: Mike and his neighbors took strong measures of security to protect their property from burglars.
6. Guards, people, or an organization entrusted with the job of protecting people or something; especially, a building or institution, against crime.
"Fight fire with fire." An example of this philosophy may be seen in the doctrine of homeopathy which advocates treatment of a disease by giving the sick person small amounts of substances that would produce symptoms of the same disease if they were given to a healthy person.
An opposite belief may be seen in Contraria contrariis curantur, or "Opposites are cured by opposites."
2. Characteristic of not hesitating or wavering; firm: sure convictions.
3. Relating to having confidence, as of something that is expected: sure of ultimate victory.
4. Etymology: from Latin securus, "free from care, untroubled, safe".
2. A reference to showing that someone believes something is very likely to happen.
3. Someone who has contracted to be responsible for another person; especially, anyone who assumes responsibilities or debts in the event of default.