* secuer (obsolete)
Free from attack or danger; protected.
Free from the danger of theft; safe.
Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly used with of .
- But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes.
- secure of a welcome
Overconfident; incautious; careless.
- Confidence then bore thee on, secure / Either to meet no danger, or to find / Matter of glorious trial.
To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
To put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; frequently with against'' or ''from'', or formerly with ''of .
- I spread a cloud before the victor's sight, / Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight.
* T. Dick
- to secure''' a creditor against loss; to '''secure a debt by a mortgage
To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping.
- It secures its possessor of eternal happiness.
To get possession of; to make oneself secure of; to acquire certainly.
- to secure''' a prisoner; to '''secure a door, or the hatches of a ship
* 2014 , Jamie Jackson, "
- to secure an estate
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.
* , chapter=3
- "[Captain] was able to secure some good photographs of the fortress."
(Flight, 1911, p. 766)
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From (etyl) . More at (l), (l).
* keene, kene (archaic)
showing a quick and ardent willingness or responsiveness, enthusiastic, eager; interested, intense.
vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
* (rfdate), Shakespeare
- Of full keen will.
sharp; having a fine edge or point.
* (rfdate) :
- So keen and greedy to confound a man.
acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness.
- That my keen knife see not the wound it makes.
- To make our wits more keen .
bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
- Before the keen inquiry of her thought.
piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
- Good father cardinal, cry thou amen to my keen curses.
- Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes.
- I'm keen to learn another language.
- I'm keen on learning another language.
- I'm keen on languages.
- I'm keen about learning languages.
- I'm keen for help.
(US, informal, dated) Marvelous.
- ''"Do you want to learn another language?" / "I'm keen ."
(UK) extremely low as to be competitive.
- I just got this peachy keen new dress.
(obsolete) brave, courageous; bold, audacious.
- keen prices
* Keen is often used in the composition of words, most of which are of obvious signification; as, keen-edged, keen-eyed, keen-sighted, keen-witted, etc.
* prompt; eager; ardent; sharp; acute; cutting; penetrating; biting; severe; sarcastic; satirical; piercing; shrewd.
* See also
* keen as mustard
* keen on
(rare) To sharpen; to make cold.
* (rfdate), Thomson.
- Cold winter keens the brightening flood.
From (etyl) .
A prolonged wail for a deceased person.
To utter a keen.
* (rfdate) Stuart Howard-Jones (1904-1974), Hibernia.'' Collected in ''The New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, 1978.
To utter with a loud wailing voice or wordless cry.
- Keen —meaning 'brisk'? Nay, here the Language warps:
'Tis singing bawdy Ballads to a Corpse.