safe

adjective
\ ˈsāf \
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

b : trustworthy, reliable

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

Things became so bad that several family members had to sleep in the royal chambers in order to keep Joanna safe. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 Most of the missing young women and girls who have disappeared recently have been found safe, and Jadi’s family are hoping she will soon be located as well. Britni Danielle, Essence.com, "Chicago Police Are Asking For Help to Find Yet Another Missing Teen Girl," 3 July 2018 But when a passport is required, pack of few of these basics to make your journey safer, easier, and more enjoyable. Janna Irons, Outside Online, "The Best International Travel Gear," 9 July 2018 In recent years, efforts have been made in Detroit and cities across the country to rebalance that focus, helping to not only make streets safer but also more lively. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot: Detroit leads large cities in pedestrian deaths," 2 July 2018 There is a growing sense that, to make patients safer, hospitals need to simplify the ever more complex world of health care. The Economist, "Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors," 28 June 2018 Thanks to all the parent volunteers and the Glenelg staff members who helped keep the students safe on Prom Night. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "Leo clubs roar into service with Lions help [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton," 28 June 2018 But the group was actually mobilizing against safety improvements which have been proven to make the street safer for all users—including people who aren’t on bikes at all. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "People are not defined by what we use to get around," 27 June 2018 After the murder, lawmakers want to be sure small businesses are a safe haven for minors who may be under attack or seeking help. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Justice For Junior: NY proposes legislation to require small businesses to be safe havens for minors," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In his 15 years, most of them as Philip Rivers’ fail-safe, Gates played in 220 games, starting 189, and 114 of his 927 catches (11,508 yards) were for touchdowns, an NFL record for tight ends (only 12 players at any position have scored more). Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "It would be just like the Chargers not to honor the great Gates," 5 May 2018 In fact, upper-class purgers pay top dollar to be able to purge in a safe, controlled hunting ground. refinery29.com, "Why People Either Really Love Or Hate The Purge Movies," 3 July 2018 In response, the bond industry has worked to undermine reforms and regulations, arguing that commercial bail is still the most efficient and taxpayer-friendly way to keep the public safe and the courts running smoothly. Jessica Silver-greenberg And Shaila Dewan, New York Times, "When Bail Feels Less Like Freedom, More Like Extortion," 31 Mar. 2018 In response, the bond industry has worked to undermine reforms and regulations, arguing that commercial bail is still the most efficient and taxpayer-friendly way to keep the public safe and the courts running smoothly. Anchorage Daily News, "When freedom feels like extortion: Bail bondsmen accused of exploiting poor clients," 31 Mar. 2018 The state's Bureau of Cannabis Control and the Department of Public Health have created rules and regulations designed to keep the public safe. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "How to try edible cannabis without feeling like you're going to die," 19 Mar. 2018 Then there are the back problems and other aches and pains from 40 years of squeezing into tight spaces to access safes. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Master Manipulator," 19 Apr. 2018 Safemark expands Safemark Systems, which specializes in electronic safes for the hospitality industry, expanded and consolidated with a new lease of 69,545 square feet at 200 W. Sand Lake Road in Horizon Commerce Park near downtown Orlando. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Top 8 construction projects in Orange County," 28 Aug. 2017 Estrada ran out of the room and headed for a bedroom safe that held knives and a revolver, the newspaper reports. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Texas man was ‘paranoid’ about hidden cameras. He murdered his boyfriend over it, prosecutors say," 21 June 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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The first known use of safe was in the 14th century

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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 \
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 \
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 \ noun plural -ties

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