Definition of security in English:

security

Pronunciation /səˈkyo͝orədē/ /səˈkjʊrədi/

nounsecurities

  • 1The state of being free from danger or threat.

    ‘the system is designed to provide maximum security against toxic spills’
    ‘job security’
    • ‘The only true security against nuclear dangers is an enforceable ban on all nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘According to him however, Government has to guarantee security against international threats.’
    • ‘What should we be doing to ensure vaccine safety and security against external threats?’
    • ‘Fallback resources provide security against errors in other setting mechanisms.’
    • ‘A notch in the rear dovetail provides additional security against ring movement.’
    • ‘Colonialism is no longer seen as a threat to peace and security since there are no more empires left.’
    • ‘Other costs include the introduction of bio security against bird flu.’
    • ‘As in London, the force's chiefs said they hoped to balance security against people's rights to protest peacefully.’
    • ‘They would all have more cash to provide job security and job creation.’
    • ‘A new University of Queensland research project could lead to improved internal computer network security at banks and financial institutions.’
    • ‘He has ensured security of tenure for those whom he has backed.’
    • ‘The Green Revolution ensured food security at the macro level, but not completely at the household level.’
    • ‘With it, you can improve Internet security for remote workers.’
    • ‘Having a job did not necessarily guarantee economic security for African American workers and their families.’
    • ‘State policy for ensuring information security during military conflicts has a prognostic, organizational and administrative function.’
    • ‘They will give increased security of tenure for the tenants of agricultural holdings.’
    • ‘What are the recent scientific and technological developments that enhance aviation security?’
    • ‘The US Food and Drug Administration announced rules today that will enhance the security of the US food supply.’
    • ‘If you can't budget effectively, you endanger your financial security by spending more than you earn.’
    • ‘But it can make major strides to bolster the country's financial security.’
    protection, defence, guard, shelter, screen, buffer, preventive, precaution, prophylactic, provision, security, safety measure, surety, cover, insurance, indemnity
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    1. 1.1The safety of a state or organization against criminal activity such as terrorism, theft, or espionage.
      ‘a matter of national security’
      • ‘Nicknamed the Jersey Girls, they became experts on national security and terrorism.’
      • ‘Wealth is therefore an instrument in the creation of national security and national welfare.’
      • ‘Dealing with national security is always a matter for the executive, and that is how it should be.’
      • ‘The National Party considers matters of national security to be of the highest importance.’
      • ‘So therefore, an educational system, based on reason, is a vital matter of national security.’
      • ‘But the role of the Government is also to provide safety and security for its citizens.’
      • ‘One of the first matters is the need to assist aviation safety and security.’
      • ‘How exactly does all this improve U.S. national security for the long haul?’
      • ‘Only in retrospect did we become aware how lax US airport security had become.’
      • ‘She complained about the country's lax security and lauded John Kerry for his defiance of the President.’
      • ‘A second factor relates to reputedly lax physical security and accounting systems at many nuclear weapons enterprises.’
      • ‘Our nation's security is not just the responsibility of the armed forces.’
      • ‘That ability made him not only a danger in the region but a threat to America's security.’
      • ‘What is the director of homeland security for, other than to announce threats to homeland security?’
      • ‘There is no such thing as complete security against crime, or against terrorism.’
      • ‘The war was not justifiable on grounds of an immediate threat to US security.’
      • ‘Tony Blair was warned six years ago that religious fanaticism would become a serious threat to UK security, it has been revealed.’
      • ‘None of these three countries poses a real threat to United States security.’
      • ‘Terrorism has long been included on the list of so-called new transnational threats to state security.’
      safety, freedom from danger
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    2. 1.2Procedures followed or measures taken to ensure the safety of a state or organization.
      ‘amid tight security the presidents met in the Colombian resort’
      • ‘A huge team of people will ensure that the necessary security measures are in place.’
      • ‘Elea then set up a series of security measures to ensure that sure an occurrence could never happen again.’
      • ‘City institutions were just told to make sure that their existing checks and security procedures were working.’
      • ‘At Stansted, armed guards lined the access road to the terminal which was closed for five hours amid heightened security measures.’
      • ‘The Security Council gave new authority to Mr Mehlis, who returned on Monday to Lebanon amid tight security.’
      • ‘The governor came to the temple with his wife, amid tight security.’
      • ‘All the fuss, tight security and checks led to long waits and traffic snarls.’
      • ‘Smith landed at Manchester Airport just after midday amid tight security and a blizzard.’
      • ‘Both exports and imports fell in part because of tighter security measures.’
      • ‘The players touched down in New Delhi at 1430 hours on a PIA flight amid tight security arrangements.’
      • ‘We must ensure there are tight security controls at the venue and at the athletes' accommodations.’
      • ‘Once in place, said Moynihan, it's crucial that tight security procedures and policies are maintained.’
      • ‘A council will look at ways to fund extra security measures at cemeteries after 14 headstones were kicked over.’
      • ‘More rush on the tracks would of course entail more security measures.’
      • ‘Border security was tightened just as the U.S. slowdown was forcing legions of migrants to return to Mexico.’
      • ‘In the short run, America will tighten border security.’
      • ‘Indonesia's military and police are providing tight security for the team during its trip.’
      • ‘He has been campaigning for more than a year for tighter security at the site.’
      • ‘You will have a virtual free rein to provide security as you see fit.’
      safety measures, safeguards
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    3. 1.3The state of feeling safe, stable, and free from fear or anxiety.
      ‘the emotional security of being the one special person that someone else loves’
      • ‘You are able to drop old fears and apprehension about material and emotional security.’
      • ‘For one thing, we are afraid, and in times of fear we crave security above all.’
      • ‘The problems could relate to declining health, declining income or declining emotional security.’
      • ‘A deep sense of insecurity grips you and you begin to clutch at emotional and material security.’
      • ‘Small flechette pistols were sold to give civilians a sense of false security against thugs.’
      feeling of safety, feeling of ease, absence of anxiety, absence of worry, peace of mind, freedom from doubt, certainty, happiness, comfort, confidence
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  • 2A thing deposited or pledged as a guarantee of the fulfillment of an undertaking or the repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in case of default.

    • ‘The money was being used as security for costs until the appeal was completed.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs say that this property could be put up for security for costs.’
    • ‘David has offered the Ace Patent to me as security against this money, which, quite frankly, I am not prepared to accept.’
    • ‘If the bank does not get security against the borrower itself, it is difficult to see how it gets it against third parties.’
    • ‘The whole business of pledging - parting with goods to act as security against a loan - is also changing, Kempson said.’
    guarantee, collateral, surety, pledge, bond
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  • 3often securitiesA certificate attesting credit, the ownership of stocks or bonds, or the right to ownership connected with tradable derivatives.

    • ‘The new rules also make donating mutual funds, stocks, bonds and other securities more attractive.’
    • ‘For those with an interest in individual securities, there are stocks and bonds to meet every need.’
    • ‘The Fed uses this cash to purchase securities from primary government bond dealers.’
    • ‘These are pooled investment funds which give access to a wide spread of shares and other securities such as bonds.’
    • ‘The securities trade like stocks when the price of common shares moves above the conversion price.’
    • ‘Junk bonds or high yield bonds are securities issued by companies that aren't in the best of health.’
    • ‘But before you go and register all your securities into joint ownership, there is a catch.’
    • ‘Finally, you can gift shares and other financial securities to charity and get tax relief on their market value.’
    • ‘As we mentioned earlier convertible bonds are rather complex securities for a few reasons.’
    • ‘The duration of gilts, bonds and interest bearing securities will not exceed 2 years.’
    • ‘A mutual fund firm invests in a broad range of stocks or other securities on behalf of a large number of individual clients.’
    • ‘Most of the respondents had experience in investing in the stock market and other securities.’
    • ‘Instead, I propose to levy a small tax on transactions in securities on stock exchanges.’
    • ‘Most of these securities were financed by British and Dutch investors.’
    • ‘It was mainly leverage created by borrowing to finance securities purchases back then.’
    • ‘An adviser executive sells mutual funds, bonds and other related securities to customers.’
    • ‘One should remember that most of the option theory was developed for financial securities.’
    • ‘Already we have seen how important are the securities and derivatives activities of modern banks.’
    • ‘Most securities that trade this way are penny stocks or are from very small companies.’
    • ‘Generally, you shouldn't have more securities in your portfolio than you can keep track of effectively.’
    investments, shares, holdings, securities, equities, bonds
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  • 4A private police force that guards a building, campus, park, etc.

    • ‘The police force, private security and volunteers were present in large numbers to check any untoward incident.’
    • ‘The Immigration Service operation involved about 20 officials and escort guards from a private security firm.’
    • ‘It is guarded by a private security force contracted out to the Department of Energy!’
    • ‘Other property owners have been obliged to pay substantial amounts to private security firms to guard their lands.’
    • ‘I found them easy for martial artists, police and private security of any level to learn.’
    • ‘As a parent of a frosh I am wondering where the campus police or security is when these acts of vandalism occur.’
    • ‘They rely on bodyguards and private security instead of the police.’
    • ‘No risks have been taken this time, with private security and police almost outnumbering Veritas voters.’
    • ‘Police and security now restrict parking and work hard to keep the street open.’
    • ‘Topside, a small building holds security police, a cook and support personnel.’
    • ‘It is better for private security firms to search staff and guard buildings.’
    • ‘That usually comprised gang members, police and private security.’
    • ‘It had gone to the extent of hiring private security companies to guard ATM halls.’
    • ‘Also planned is the privatisation of on campus security and significant staff cuts.’
    • ‘It is little wonder he feels this way when he has to draft in 400 police and 620 private security staff for every Old Firm game.’
    • ‘As you were marched out of the building by security, they wouldn't be laughing, that's for damn sure.’
    • ‘A protesting girl was jostled by one of the longhairs while campus security watched.’
    • ‘Maduna said training of security personnel was the duty of the two soccer federations.’
    • ‘Parliament security personnel are still puzzled about what might have caused the false alarm.’
    • ‘The men followed him and security staff blocked their way but a fight broke out during which a man suddenly appeared, pointed a gun and fired.’

Phrases

    on security of something
    • Using something as a guarantee.

      ‘strict conditions attached to loans made on security of goods remaining the property of the borrowers’
      • ‘They could lend on security of shares and stocks held by jobbers to allow them to settle differences at the fortnightly settlements.’
      • ‘Their money has gone to a particular borrower, on security of a particular property, with a particular mortgage.’

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French securite or Latin securitas, from securus ‘free from care’ (see secure).

Pronunciation

security

/səˈkyo͝orədē/ /səˈkjʊrədi/