[ verb ] get by special effort
"He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"
Used in print(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)
In this case , then , the military objective was accomplished with an epidemic agent solely through the results secured in the initial attack .(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)
Bake and Shirl_Winter , on separate telephones , could not reach him at any conceivable location in Los_Angeles , nor could they secure any clear-cut information regarding his efforts .
[ verb ] cause to be firmly attached
"fasten the lock onto the door" "she fixed her gaze on the man"
Used in print(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)
When he had stored his stock in the great oak chest , locked the two big hasps and secured the additional chain , tied the fly of the tent , and picked_up the cash box , he moved_up the darkening street .
unfasten attach tie hang screw lock clamp lodge sew anchor clinch lock_up tack bind anchor latch hook bar zip_up picket pin rig buckle wire entrench bitt moor hasp spike moor stay cable clinch string belt crank cement rivet chock noose cinch button bight grout staple brad hang belay rope_up belay cramp brooch coapt cleat joggle stake toggle trench velcro joint chain garter strap fastener fastener fastening fasten
[ adjective ] free from fear or doubt; easy in mind
"secure himself, he went out of his way to help others"
Used in print(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
If the inner functions of religion are performed , the individual is a composed , ordered , motivated , and emotionally secure associate ; he is not greatly frustrated , and he is not anomic ; he is better fitted to perform his social life among his fellows .
Related_to this is the fact that most_of the higher religions define for the individual his place in the universe and give him a feeling that he is relatively secure in an ordered , dependable universe .(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)
And perhaps an observer of the vases will not go_too_far in deducing that the outlook of their makers and users was basically stable and secure .
[ adjective ] free from danger or risk
"secure from harm" "his fortune was secure" "made a secure place for himself in his field"
Used in print(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)
For this period , as for earlier centuries , pottery remains the most secure source ; the ceramic material of the age is more abundant , more diversified , and more indicative_of the hopes and fears of its makers , who begin to show scenes of human life and death .
[ verb ] make certain of
"This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us" "Preparation will guarantee success!"
Used in print(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)
This epic effort to secure seed for the colony cost Selkirk 1040 .