secure-v; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: aquire something usually through much effort, make certain

Commentary: NP1[+ or - agent] SECURE NP2

We finally secured a contract with the company we've been after for years!
The negotiations to secure an agreement has failed.
46 percent of the graduates secured a job within two months after graduation.
The change in the law will make it harder for the police to secure convictions.
Her bank loan is secured against her house. (=house is made collateral)
Such preparations will secure your success.
It was Kennedy's assassination and Johnson's landslide that secured the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

VerbNet: get-13.5.1-1,ensure-99
FrameNet: Getting
PropBank: secure.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: fasten, attach firmly

We ask you to please secure your seatbelts in preparation for an immediate takeoff.
Use a square or double overhand knot to secure the rope at the tire end.
Secure the door bracket to the top doorframe on the marked centerline.

VerbNet: shake-22.3-2-1
FrameNet: Attaching
PropBank: secure.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 6

Sense Number 3: make safe or protect from danger, risk, or loss

NOTE: Includes financial investments

The troops secured the area before the civilians were allowed to return.
The medical crew secured the room to prevent the spread of the virus.
The embassy phone lines were secured.
Online payments are secured through VERISIGN.
The building has only one main entrance and would be easy to secure.
This form of investment is an excellent way of securing your child's financial future.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Protecting
PropBank: secure.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4, 5

Sense Number 4: capture or confine

They secured the suspect in the squad car.
The prisoner was secured in a room and handcuffed to a pipe on the wall.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: