secure against

secure against (someone or something)

1. To put in place protections against some kind of risk, threat, or danger. The doors have been fitted with deadbolts and security cameras to secure against intruders. We help new business owners secure against all manner of financial pitfalls. The prime minister is trying to secure against a no-confidence vote in parliament.
2. To add protections to something in order to prevent or deter some kind of risk, threat, or danger. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "secure" and "against." We should secure the doors against the rioters outside. The military began cracking down on dissenters to secure its control of the country against rebellion. This program secures software against piracy.
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secure something against (someone, something, or an animal)

1. to fasten something against the entry of someone, an animal, or something. Jane secured the doors and windows against the prowler who was roving around the neighborhood. You had better secure the henhouse against coyotes.
2. to obtain a legal order involving someone or something. I secured an injunction against Harry. If he bothers you again, he'll have to go into court to explain himself. We can't secure an injunction against this ruling.
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Let any one now consider with that little difficulty the king could have maintained his position in Italy had he observed the rules above laid down, and kept all his friends secure and protected; for although they were numerous they were both weak and timid, some afraid of the Church, some of the Venetians, and thus they would always have been forced to stand in with him, and by their means he could easily have made himself secure against those who remained powerful.
Here we are in my study, with the door closed, secure against interruption, a bright fire in the grate, a bowling and ever-increasing wind outside.
I thought he was trying to read my character, but I felt as secure against his scrutiny as if I had had on a casque with the visor down-or rather I showed him my countenance with the confidence that one would show an unlearned man a letter written in Greek; he might see lines, and trace characters, but he could make nothing of them; my nature was not his nature, and its signs were to him like the words of an unknown tongue.
I slid back the panelled sides, got in with my light, pulled them together again, and felt secure against the vigilance of Heathcliff, and every one else.
Whilst arrests have been made it is timely to remind the public to secure their property, locking windows and doors, and make their homes secure against preying criminals.
Fearon challenged the admissibility of the cellphone's content as evidence based on his Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure (section 8 of the Charter).
The YUKON adhesive toilet seat washer will prevent bolt slippage and keeps it in a secure position so the toilet seat remains permanently secure against the toilet bowl basin.
The trees will go into the dunes at Druridge Bay later this month and early next month to add to the 10-mile stretch already made more secure against the weathering of wind and sea.
44:10-11) Did the people of the towns Feel Secure against the coming Of Our Wrath by night While they were asleep?
Each actuator has a uniquely coded element that cannot be reprogrammed, so they are secure against tampering.
a global provider of IP-based monitoring solutions that secure against physical threats, has introduced the WallBotz 400C monitoring appliance, which includes an integrated color camera, as well as support for Modem/PPP connections.
They are unlikely to be secure against crime against individual passengers, do not appear to be really secure against damage from outside and will only run from the bay to the city centre.
At the same time, the building had to be what libraries have always been: storehouses of knowledge, made secure against the depredations of thieves and the attacks of barbarians.
Hewlett-Packard Co has made its Praesidium VirtualVault trusted web-server secure against the Millennium bug via a one- time free upgrade.
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