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

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

And that means that the millions of drivers who make do with all-season tires in the winter months are driving cars that aren't as safe as those shod with tires designed for icy conditions. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "All-Season Tires: Can They Really Handle Winter Weather?," 28 Jan. 2019 The problem is simple: content that isn’t safe for work is hard to monetize, and Tumblr’s future has been in doubt since the day it was purchased. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal," 6 Dec. 2018 But their musical talent wasn't safe from insults either. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "Jimmy Kimmel Just Released a Country Music Edition of His Hilarious "Mean Tweets" Segment," 15 Nov. 2018 Coachella's new initiative also outlines ways festival goers can help keep each other safe, like always asking for consent and reporting misconduct at a kiosk available on festival grounds. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Coachella Announced Sexual Harassment Prevention Efforts," 4 Jan. 2019 Google has been a champion of the open web since its inception and has continued to work with others in the ecosystem to make the web faster, safer, more capable, and more interoperable. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, executives from Audi, Toyota, Cruise Automation, chipmaker Nvidia, Google spinoff Waymo and several startups are gearing up to convince the public that autonomous vehicles are safe. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "CES 2019: Some TVs disappear, others quadruple screen resolution," 7 Jan. 2019 Strain spiced cream into a large microwave-safe bowl. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Eggnog Mousse Snowmen," 29 Nov. 2018 That change was part of Google’s new focus for Hangouts, which will stay safe for now as a workplace communication tool in the form of G Suite’s Hangouts Chat, as well as video conferencing platform Hangouts Meet. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Google may shut down Hangouts for consumers in 2020," 30 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 This involves unlocking various safes, entering a series of codes, and turning keys to launch the missiles. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018 Several fail-safes are unknown to Craigslist: Letgo sellers can be rated and reviewed, giving buyers the chance to warn each other about misleading buyers or lousy products. Kim Komando, Fox News, "3 new online marketplaces better than Craigslist," 22 July 2018 These range from small safes that can only hold a few handguns to full size gun safes that are as large as a closet. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose the Best Gun Storage," 8 Aug. 2018 Upon entering the warehouse, the Israeli agents found two large containers housing 32 safes, the officials said. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Inside Israel’s Raid to Seize Nuclear Documents in Iran," 15 July 2018 Investigators later said the sole vehicle operator, whose job was to be a fail-safe for when the cars act erratically, was streaming a television show on her phone, contributing to the accident. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Cuts More Test Drivers in Its Robot Car Operation," 11 July 2018 Soon after, the group began building a new fail-safe, called Sheltered Harbor, which went into operation last year. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "Banks Adopt Military-Style Tactics to Fight Cybercrime," 20 May 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 \
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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