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Here is a question.

We have secured discounted rates for conference participants at Hotel Cortiana.

The word "secured" is closest in meaning to
(A)guarded
(B)established
(C)paid
(D)enclosed

I think it's closest in meaning to "guaranteed", so I'm confused about these options which not properly fit the sentence for me.

The correct is B, I really want to know why. I have known and looked up that "establish" is closest to "found", "build" and "accept". The meaning in verb of "secure" is very different from "establish".

Please help, thanks.

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The dictionary defintion of secure that is being used here is:

To put beyond hazard of not receiving; to make certain;

The meaning is close to guaranteed. The only word from the list that is close is establish, which has a dictionary defintion:

To make stable or firm

I hope you can see the connection between "to make certain" and "to make firm"

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  • Thanks for your reply. I have found the meaning you said isn't in the dictionary which I love to use online. Could you tell me what the dictionary you are using? Is it online?
    – rann rann
    Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 5:03
  • this was wiktionary. (should have linked)
    – James K
    Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 5:52

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