safe

adjective
\ 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 At the start of the pandemic, in the face of a new virus and the many unknowns that came with it, hospitals rushed to implement rules to keep patients as well as hospital staff safe, including barring visitors from entering altogether. Claudia López Lloreda, STAT, 23 July 2021 Some parents, including Marquez and Hill, said masking is a minimal effort that helps keep others safe. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2021 Our criminal legal system didn’t keep Johnniqua Charles safe. Piper Kerman, Washington Post, 22 July 2021 The mayor stressed that the new rules are an additional step to keep the city safe and won't take away from grassroots efforts, such as mobile sites and at-home vaccinations, to raise vaccination rates in the general population. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, 21 July 2021 The district recently released its plan to keep students safe and asked parents to help do their part. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, 21 July 2021 Corrie said drivers should not be worried as DVS goes to great lengths to keep data safe, that the department will safeguard it and take action like this when necessary. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Governors and other officials are under pressure to keep their economies open, and vaccinated people could balk at following restrictions intended to keep unvaccinated people safe when Covid-19 vaccines are widely available. Eric Morath, WSJ, 21 July 2021 Bach insists precautions like these will keep the Olympics and the host country safe. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Officers found Dasan’s body in a small storage area in an upstairs wall, where Banks said a gun safe was kept. Lilly Price, baltimoresun.com, 14 July 2021 Curious kid Ridley and her friends protect the Museum of Natural History’s treasures and keep its magical secret safe: Everything comes alive at night! Jacob Siegal, BGR, 11 July 2021 A few minutes later, all three men exit the restaurant carrying a safe on the dolly and loading it onto the SUV, police said. Sofía Mejías Pascoe Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 July 2021 Barkman ordered his safe from Dave Harrison (@vanagonlife), who makes custom lockboxes for vehicles including VW buses, Sprinters, and Ford Transit Connects. Jen See, Outside Online, 22 June 2021 Its specter was an important catalyst in the creation of a municipal health department in 1867, with broad police powers to keep the public safe. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 May 2021 It’s the latest battle in the over decade-long war between local governments, which argue the cameras are an efficient way to keep the public safe, and lawmakers in the Ohio General Assembly who believe cities use the cameras as an easy cash grab. cleveland, 27 Apr. 2021 But the pandemic is guaranteed to expose leaders who undermine truth, create alternative realities, ostracize experts and scientists and refuse to take precautions to keep the public safe. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 Police were able to recover more of the victim's items at the home where the suspects cracked the safe. Paul Best, Fox News, 20 June 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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 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.

safe

adjective
\ 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 established Emergency Medicine

Other Words from safe

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

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