safe

adjective
\ ˈsāf How to pronounce safe (audio) \
safer; safest

Definition of safe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : free from harm or risk : unhurt
2a : secure from threat of danger, harm, or loss
b : successful at getting to a base in baseball without being put out
3 : affording safety or security from danger, risk, or difficulty
4 obsolete, of mental or moral faculties : healthy, sound
5a : not threatening danger : harmless
b : unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction
6a : not likely to take risks : cautious

safe

noun

Definition of safe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from safe

Adjective

safe or safely adverb
safeness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for safe

Adjective

safe and secure mean free from danger. safe is used of freedom from a present danger. I felt safe as soon as I crossed the street. secure is used of freedom from a possible future danger or risk. The locks on the door made us feel secure.

Examples of safe in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Noun

the hotel recommended that we keep all our valuables in its safe during our stay
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

One safe bet, because of both coaches’ pedigrees, is that the defensive side of the ball should be intriguing to track as the season shuffles along. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: XFL, Browns, Nebraska football signal everything old is new again in 2019," 23 Aug. 2019 Lipoid pneumonia seems to be one more reason that vaping isn't necessarily safer than smoking cigarettes. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "What Is Lipoid Pneumonia—and Can You Get It From Vaping?," 23 Aug. 2019 With Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Dwayne Harris (the return specialist) all safe bets, J.J. Nelson, Doss, Ryan Grant, Marcell Ateman and Keon Hatcher could all be vying for two spots. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Six Raiders to watch against the Packers," 22 Aug. 2019 Brensel wanted to know what the Senate would do to make schools safer. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Marco Rubio delivers takedown of conspiracy theories and warns against social-media fueled insular thinking," 21 Aug. 2019 The Tie-Dye Shirts Which is the safest bet: taking that ayahuasca trip, going to a Dead & Co. concert, or buying this T-shirt? Bon Appétit, "The Bon Appétit Shop Is Live," 20 Aug. 2019 Going with a renowned pet insurance carrier like Nationwide, which has over 35 years of experience insuring pets, is always a safe bet. Daisy Melamed Sanders, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know Before Adopting a Dog," 15 Aug. 2019 WeWork has in recent years pushed to sign on more members from large companies, in part because these tenants are safer revenue bets. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "WeWork is bracing for a recession," 14 Aug. 2019 The aim of National Night Out is for residents to improve relationships with local police officers, discuss ways to make their neighborhoods safer and organize Neighborhood Watch programs. Glendale News-Press, "On the Town: National Night Out brings Glendale community together," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In fact, the only thing keeping the American pilot safe was the cushion of air between his aircraft and the fighters below. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U-2 Is Such a Badass Plane," 4 Sep. 2019 Pet Chat App Gives Away a Kids' Location Users of LeapFrog's Pet Chat app, which lets kids use avatars to chat with other, was pitched as a safe and controlled environment for children. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Security Researchers Find ‘Worst Case Scenario’ in LeapFrog Kids Tablet," 7 Aug. 2019 The technique also leaves no physical trace—other than the safe's contents disappearing. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "How Safecrackers Can Unlock an ATM in Minutes—Without Leaving a Trace," 9 Aug. 2019 The federal agents also found a safe filled with piles of cash, diamonds and an Austrian passport with Epstein's photo and a different name. NBC News, "Jeffrey Epstein shows no sign of injury following possible suicide attempt," 31 July 2019 The swap meet was the culmination of group efforts to provide a safe, trusted way for collectors to buy and sell merchandise. Stefanie Valentic, cleveland.com, "West Park toys and collectibles meet draws hundreds from Northeast Ohio," 21 July 2019 Two safes were reported taken July 11 from a residence in the 2100 block of Harrison St. The amount of loss exceeds $500. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: Truck reported stolen on Dempster Street in Evanston," 16 July 2019 At the Monday bail hearing, prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman that, in addition to the passport, federal agents found piles of cash and dozens of diamonds inside a safe in his townhouse. NBC News, "Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers: He had a doctored passport to ward off hijackers, terrorists," 16 July 2019 In July 1938, Manfred Steinfeld’s mother put him on a train that would carry him to Hamburg on the first leg of a journey delivering him to Chicago, safe from the Nazi menace facing Jews in Germany. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Holocaust Survivor Manfred Steinfeld Built a Furniture Empire," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of safe

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for safe

Adjective

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

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safe

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of safe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

safe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of safe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

safe

adjective
\ ˈsāf How to pronounce safe (audio) \
safer; safest

Kids Definition of safe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : free or secure from harm or danger I don't feel safe here.
2 : giving protection or security against harm or danger a safe neighborhood
3 : harmless safe drinking water
4 : unlikely to be wrong or cause disagreement a safe answer
5 : not likely to take risks : careful a safe driver
6 : successful in reaching a base in baseball

Other Words from safe

safely adverb

safe

noun

Kids Definition of safe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a metal box with a lock that is used for keeping something (as money) safe

safe

adjective
\ ˈsāf How to pronounce safe (audio) \
safer; safest

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

Other Words from safe

safety \ ˈsāf-​tē How to pronounce safety (audio) \ noun, plural safeties

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