adjective \ˈsāf\

: not able or likely to be hurt or harmed in any way : not in danger

: not able or likely to be lost, taken away, or given away

: not involving or likely to involve danger, harm, or loss


Full Definition of SAFE

:  free from harm or risk :  unhurt
a :  secure from threat of danger, harm, or loss
b :  successful at getting to a base in baseball without being put out
:  affording safety or security from danger, risk, or difficulty
obsolete of mental or moral faculties :  healthy, sound
a :  not threatening danger :  harmless
b :  unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction
a :  not likely to take risks :  cautious
b :  trustworthy, reliable
safe or safe·ly adverb
safe·ness noun

Examples of SAFE

  1. I don't feel safe in this neighborhood.
  2. The kids were safe in the cabin.
  3. We need to make sure that the children are safe and sound.
  4. Is the money safe? Yes, it's in the bank.
  5. a world made safe from war
  6. Is it safe to walk here?
  7. He wished us a safe trip.
  8. I found a safe place to take shelter from the storm.
  9. They live in a perfectly safe neighborhood.
  10. We watched the fireworks from a safe distance.

Origin of SAFE

Middle English sauf, from Anglo-French salf, sauf, from Latin salvus safe, healthy; akin to Latin solidus solid, Greek holos whole, safe, Sanskrit sarva entire
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SAFE



: a strong metal box with a lock that is used to store money or valuable things

Full Definition of SAFE

:  a place or receptacle to keep articles (as valuables) safe
:  condom 1

Examples of SAFE

  1. <the hotel recommended that we keep all our valuables in its safe during our stay>

First Known Use of SAFE

15th century


adjective \ˈsāf\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAFE

:  not causing harm or injury; especially :  having a low incidence of adverse reactions and significant side effects when adequate instructions for use are given and having a low potential for harm under conditions of widespread availability <a list of drugs generally regarded as safe> <safe use in pregnancy has not been established—Emergency Medicine>
safe·ty \ˈsāf-tē\ noun, plural safe·ties
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