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

Shipping firms complain that the Nigerian government is failing to keep its waters safe. The Economist, "The Gulf of Guinea is now the world’s worst piracy hotspot," 29 June 2019 But because so few men contested the charges, entrapment schemes became an easy ways to arrest and charge dozens of gay men with fines, thereby proving that officers were doing their jobs and keeping the streets safe. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "How Stonewall Reversed a Long History of Justifying Police Surveillance," 29 June 2019 Instead, keep your pets safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home. Other Voices, cleveland.com, "Cleveland APL Pet Tip: Keep your pets safe this 4th of July (Community Voices)," 27 June 2019 But the feds protect them Here are tips to keep your animals safe: Keep herds, pets nearby Keep a close eye on their whereabouts. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky black vulture attacks: How to keep your pets and farm animals safe," 25 June 2019 There isn’t an iota of doubt that vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent many diseases. The Scientific American Staff, Scientific American, "The U.S. Needs to Tighten Vaccination Mandates," 24 June 2019 By 1922, Carrier had created the safer, smaller and more powerful Centrifugal Refrigeration Compressor, the precursor to modern air conditioning. Haleema Shah, Smithsonian, "The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner," 24 June 2019 Here are some ways to keep your toddler safe by and in the water. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Toddler Swim Safety Tips, According to Swim Experts," 21 June 2019 That’s left patients and their providers guessing about whether many medicines are safe to take, are being delivered at the right dose, or will impact milk supply. STAT, "How Europe is building a sweeping system to study medication safety in pregnant and lactating women," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Right in front of the podium, a small black gun safe with #SongStrong stickers sat in an otherwise empty chair. Lydia Gerike, courant.com, "Gov. Ned Lamont signs Ethan’s Law during ceremony in Guilford," 13 June 2019 Then bookmark the relevant document on your smartphone and to be extra-safe, bring a printout, too. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Papers, please! Don't let travel document problems ground your next vacation," 7 June 2019 Here’s how to get a lock box set up in several area cities: • The Strongsville Fire Department advises residents to purchase a key safe from the senior center or a home improvement store and then contact the department at 440-580-3225. cleveland.com, "South side communities offer residential lock box programs," 6 June 2019 On Thursday, Caroline Ghosn entered the apartment with officers of the Brazilian court and Nissan’s lawyers to open two safes and a small lock box in the apartment. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018 Temptation was easy for banks to resist when following the letter of federal law simply meant refusing business from pot dispensaries with safes overflowing with cash. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Weed Versus Greed on Wall Street," 25 Jan. 2019 Jewelry and two safes containing keys and personal paperwork stolen. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Catonsville crime log," 11 May 2018 The school has 22 biometric safes around the campus and seven safety officers who double as aides during the day. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Saturday, March 3, 2018," 3 Mar. 2018 The National Enquirer kept a safe of documents related to hush-money payments and other potentially damaging stories about then-candidate Donald Trump, according to a report. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "National Enquirer kept safe full of potentially damaging stories about Trump: report," 24 Aug. 2018

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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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