ensure vs secure what difference

what is difference between ensure and secure

English

Etymology

From Anglo-Norman enseurer, from Old French seur (sure).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪnˈʃʊə/, /ɪnˈʃɔː/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈʃʊɹ/, /ɪnˈʃɝ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ), -ʊə(ɹ), -ɜː(ɹ)

Verb

ensure (third-person singular simple present ensures, present participle ensuring, simple past and past participle ensured)

  1. (transitive) To make a pledge to (someone); to promise, guarantee (someone of something); to assure. [14th-18th c.]
  2. (intransitive) To make sure or certain of something (usually some future event or condition). [from 18th c.]

Related terms

  • insure
  • assure
  • inshore

Translations

Anagrams

  • enures, reunes, ursene


English

Alternative forms

  • secuer (obsolete)

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin securus (of persons, free from care, quiet, easy; in a bad sense, careless, reckless; of things, tranquil, also free from danger, safe, secure), from se- (without) + cura (care); see cure. Doublet of sure and the now obsolete or dialectal sicker (certain, safe).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /səˈkjʊə(ɹ)/, /səˈkjɔː(ɹ)/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /səˈkjʊɹ/, /səˈkjɝ/, /səˈkjɔɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ʊə(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: se‧cure

Adjective

secure (comparative securer or more secure, superlative securest or most secure)

  1. Free from attack or danger; protected.
  2. Free from the danger of theft; safe.
  3. Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
  4. Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
    • But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes.
    • 1861, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Grey Woman
      No sooner were we up there, than the old woman dragged the ladder, by which we had ascended, away with a chuckle, as if she was now secure that we could do no mischief, and sat herself down again once more, to doze and await her master’s return.
  5. Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
  6. Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
  7. Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly used with of.
  8. (obsolete) Overconfident; incautious; careless.
  9. Certain to be achieved or gained; assured.

Antonyms

  • insecure

Hyponyms

Derived terms

  • securely

Related terms

  • security

Translations

Verb

secure (third-person singular simple present secures, present participle securing, simple past and past participle secured)

  1. To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
    • I spread a cloud before the victor’s sight, / Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight.
  2. To put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; frequently with against or from, or formerly with of.
    to secure a creditor against loss; to secure a debt by a mortgage
    • 1831, Thomas Dick, The Philosophy of Religion
      It secures its possessor of eternal happiness.
  3. To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping.
    to secure a prisoner; to secure a door, or the hatches of a ship
  4. To get possession of; to make oneself secure of; to acquire certainly.
    to secure an estate
    • 2014, Jamie Jackson, “Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real”, The Guardian, 26 August 2014:
      With the Argentinian secured United will step up their attempt to sign a midfielder and, possibly, a defender in the closing days of the transfer window. Juventus’s Arturo Vidal, Milan’s Nigel de Jong and Ajax’s Daley Blind, who is also a left-sided defensive player, are potential targets.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To plight or pledge.

Derived terms

  • securement

Translations

Further reading

  • secure in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • secure in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Creuse, Rescue, cereus, ceruse, cursee, recuse, rescue, secuer

Italian

Adjective

secure

  1. feminine plural of securo

Anagrams

  • uscere

Latin

Etymology 1

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /seˈkuː.re/, [s̠ɛˈkuːɾɛ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /seˈku.re/, [sɛˈkuːrɛ]

Noun

secūre

  1. ablative singular of secūris

Etymology 2

securus +‎

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /seːˈkuː.reː/, [s̠eːˈkuːɾeː]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /seˈku.re/, [sɛˈkuːrɛ]

Adverb

sēcūrē (comparative sēcūrius, superlative sēcūrissimē)

  1. carelessly
  2. fearlessly
  3. quietly

References

  • secure in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • secure in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • secure in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Romanian

Alternative forms

  • săcure (archaic)

Etymology

From Latin secūris, secūrem. Compare Italian scure.

Noun

secure f (plural securi)

  1. axe, hatchet
  2. battle axe, halberd

Declension

Synonyms

  • topor

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