\ 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

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 Health officials say trick-or-treating isn't safe this year. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It seems to lack a lot of wisdom right now': Here's why some local municipalities have canceled trick-or-treat," 26 Oct. 2020 Of course, anything virtual is safe — like Zoom costume contests. Katia Hetter, CNN, "How can we do Halloween safely during Covid-19? Advice from CNN's Dr. Leana Wen," 26 Oct. 2020 However, these are the Seahawks, where no lead is safe, regardless of the numbers produced by the offense. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ ongoing defensive woes result in first loss of the season," 26 Oct. 2020 Governors across the nation are shutting down businesses, claiming this is the best way to protect people, but being crammed into schools would be safe? WSJ, "Don’t Write Off Teachers’ Reasonable Fears of Covid," 26 Oct. 2020 Courtney said the ultimate goal is to consistently determine what levels of pyrrhotite are safe and which aren’t and help homeowners, realtors and builders moving forward. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Funding for crumbling foundations study already paying dividends for condo owners," 26 Oct. 2020 To be safe, people need to be free from the threat of physical or mental harm. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Broke America’s Understanding of Safety," 26 Oct. 2020 Hamad International Airport management said the baby was safe and being cared for by medical and social workers. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Australia protests Qatar examinations of women passengers," 25 Oct. 2020 Vickers said Saturday that Senate leaders had talked about how to ensure the Capitol is safe as cases in Utah continue to rise. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Sen. Dan McCay tests positive for coronavirus; at least one other Utah senator in self-isolation with symptoms," 25 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The next chief has to figure out how to help end unnecessary incarceration, while keeping the public safe. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Next Dallas police chief must commit to criminal justice reform," 8 Sep. 2020 Other states have since followed suit, having learned what works to keep patients and the public safe. Carolyn D. Gorman, National Review, "California Takes a Real Step Toward Helping the Mentally Ill," 4 Sep. 2020 At approximately 12:10 pm on August 18, units from Stations 4 and 13 were alerted for a child locked in a safe. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County fire department rescues 5-year-old locked inside gun safe," 18 Aug. 2020 Steve Clark made a great safe on a free kick, but was unable to corral it. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers hold on to beat Philadelphia Union, advance to MLS is Back final: Live updates recap," 5 Aug. 2020 Protect your valuables with this portable safe, which has over 2,000 reviews on Amazon. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "25 game-changing beach essentials you need this summer," 19 June 2020 The store owner reviewed security camera video and saw that an employee had likely taken the money before giving the wallet to him to store in the safe. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Never-on-Sunday serial shoplifter caught: Bainbridge Township Police Blotter," 15 June 2020 Here are three factors that will help you make the best choice when buying a biometric safe. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Biometric Safe," 11 June 2020 Download the NBC News app for full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak Political leaders in Georgia and Minnesota urged protesters get tested for COVID-19 within the coming days and weeks, as well as work to keep one another safe. NBC News, "Protesting in a pandemic: COVID-19 testing sites shut down amid national unrest," 2 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for safe

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

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Last Updated

29 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Safe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce safe (audio)

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
\ 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

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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.

\ 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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