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

Correlle plates and serving platters: Available in different patterns and colors, Correlle dinnerware comes with a three-year replacement warranty against breaking, is lightweight and thin, and is safe to use in microwaves, dishwashers, and ovens. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 In the past, Tesla has insisted that despite recent crashes, drivers are significantly safer with Autopilot engaged than without it. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Another Tesla with Autopilot crashed into a stationary object—the driver is suing," 30 Oct. 2018 Volunteers of all political stripes, and those who own guns as well as those who do not, educate and advocate for keeping families safe. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 The Autopilot is far more useful, the ransomware remediation will, if nothing else, give you piece of mind, and network threat prevention is a key protection measure to keep your PC safe. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Bitdefender Total Security 2019 review: This AV suite builds a better autopilot," 13 Sep. 2018 The traditional start of Wisconsin's boating season used to be a prime period for wardens to visit local lakes, check for compliance with fishing regulations, look for drunk boaters and help keep the waters safe, Hoskins said. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 Global capital becomes a broad—safe-haven assets are still very attractive. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Chicago Fed President Charles Evans," 11 July 2018 My self-confident kid, Sula, came out as gay during high school in a liberal community and then fully as transmasculine-nonbinary while in the safe haven of a liberal arts college. Debra Malina, chicagotribune.com, "Getting over the angst in calling my transgender child 'they'," 10 July 2018 For now the boys were in isolation to try to keep them safe from infections by outsiders. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "‘Everyone is safe’ after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Police also found more than $738,000 in cash in three safes and a desk inside Degan’s home and discovered that more than $310,000 was seized from two bank accounts in Degan’s name, according to the district attorney’s office. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Winthrop man faces money laundering and drug trafficking charges," 22 May 2018 The exam papers are stored in triple-lock safes, transported under armed escort and distributed in envelopes with a special seal that can’t be reclosed once opened. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Make-or-Break Exams Bring Out the Best and Brightest Cheaters," 5 July 2018 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

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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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