\ 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



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


safe or safely adverb
safeness noun

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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 Because vape products don't have these additives, many people, including e-cigarette brands themselves, argue vaping products are safe. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Untangling the myths and mysteries of the vaping phenomenon," 13 Sep. 2019 The new system is not only faster than one that uses humans, but safer, too. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Takes Another Successful Step Toward Mine-Hunting Robots," 10 Sep. 2019 Because is there anything at all that ticks all of your boxes — high-stakes but safe, emotional but so very stable — than a network drama? Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Your pop culture horoscope for September: It Chapter Two, Charli XCX, and fall TV," 3 Sep. 2019 No amount of lead in the body is safe, and children under age five are especially at risk. Maura C. Allaire, The Conversation, "How to address America’s lead crisis and provide safe drinking water for all," 3 Sep. 2019 Many products contain food additives that are generally considered to be safe ... as food additives. NBC News, "Vaping 101: What to know about e-cigs, addiction and illnesses," 17 Sep. 2019 Users who click on the link open the malicious page or resource rather than the one that appears to be safe. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Password-exposing bug purged from LastPass extensions," 16 Sep. 2019 That event also included workshops about assertiveness, safe and informed decision-making and body image. Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa nonprofit teams up with stylists to dress girls for homecoming," 14 Sep. 2019 What to Expect What to Expect Our middle school expeditions are for students ages 13 or older in grades 7-8, and offer students the opportunity to discover exciting destinations in a fun, engaging, and safe environment. National Geographic, "Japan Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Safecrackers of the past put a stethoscope to a safe's panel while turning its dial, listening for the telltale murmurs of the interlocking components inside. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "How Safecrackers Can Unlock an ATM in Minutes—Without Leaving a Trace," 9 Aug. 2019 The thieves stole jewelry from the safes and display cases before fleeing eastbound. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Armed Jewel Thieves Rob New York Diamond District Store Popular With Rappers, Celebrities," 26 Aug. 2019 Workers such as Lester are on the front lines of the never-ending battle to keep the Internet safe. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, "Social media companies are outsourcing their dirty work to the Philippines. A generation of workers is paying the price.," 25 July 2019 In some instances, forest rangers can blast cannons and other military artillery at unstable snowpack to trigger avalanches in a safe and controlled manner—when people aren’t present. National Geographic, "Avalanches, explained," 19 July 2019 The video, released Friday, showed the gunman putting on white gloves before opening two safes in a back office and then filling a black bag with valuables. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Gunman in no hurry as he empties safes, cash register at pawn shop," 6 Sep. 2019 Back at a nearby fire station, officials opened the safe and found two Glocks, one full-automatic weapon and an AR-15 pistol with an extended magazine. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ex-Raider among 12 facing charges in smartphone robbery ring," 5 Sep. 2019 As the truck entered a nearby Interstate 94 on-ramp, the second safe fell out, along with a pry bar and sledgehammer. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Opioid bandits smash through Walgreens, lose loot and their freedom," 9 July 2019 Stilla tries to specialize in hard-to-find items, from shoelaces to safes. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Three shops to host ribbon cuttings Friday at Medina’s new Raymond Building," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of safe


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of safe was in the 14th century

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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



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
\ 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



Kids Definition of safe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from safe

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

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