1

safe

play
adjective \ˈsāf\

Definition of safe

safer

;

safest

  1. 1 :  free from harm or risk :  unhurt

  2. 2a :  secure from threat of danger, harm, or lossb :  successful at getting to a base in baseball without being put out

  3. 3 :  affording safety or security from danger, risk, or difficulty

  4. 4 obsolete, of mental or moral faculties :  healthy, sound

  5. 5a :  not threatening danger :  harmlessb :  unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction

  6. 6a :  not likely to take risks :  cautiousb :  trustworthy, reliable

safe

or

safely

adverb

safeness

noun

Examples of safe in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of safe from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'safe'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology 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


2

safe

noun

Definition of safe

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

  2. 2 :  condom 1

Examples of safe in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of safe

15th century


SAFE Defined for English Language Learners

safe

play
adjective

Definition of safe for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of safe for English Language Learners

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


SAFE Defined for Kids

1

safe

play
adjective \ˈsāf\

Definition of safe for Students

safer

;

safest

  1. 1 :  free or secure from harm or danger I don't feel safe here.

  2. 2 :  giving protection or security against harm or danger a safe neighborhood

  3. 3 :  harmless safe drinking water

  4. 4 :  unlikely to be wrong or cause disagreement a safe answer

  5. 5 :  not likely to take risks :  careful a safe driver

  6. 6 :  successful in reaching a base in baseball

safely

adverb

2

safe

play
noun

Definition of safe for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

safe

play
adjective \ˈsāf\

Medical Definition of safe

safer

;

safest

  1. :  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

safety

\ˈsāf-tē\play noun plural

safeties



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up safe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to be a fixed element or attribute

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

July 2017 Words of the Day Quiz

  • alt-597a99e699d07
  • Which is a synonym of gauche?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!