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

At every turn, Trump has questioned and denigrated the alliances and institutions that have kept America safe, prosperous, and free. Nina Jankowicz, The New Republic, "Available in Helsinki: the Fate of Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 Full-size pickups like the Ford F-150 — America’s bestselling vehicle for 36 years — Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra would be safe from imports, at least initially. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Trump's trade war could threaten US pickup production and jobs," 13 July 2018 The teammates climbed higher, using their hands to feel the walls for a crawl space that would lead to safer, higher ground. Johnson Lai And Jason Corben, Fox News, "Boys meant to stay 1 hour in cave, but outside, rains began," 13 July 2018 Doing what everyone else does is safe, but also mind-numbing. Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Must trade shows be boring?," 12 July 2018 White people are assumed to be safer, more deserving, smarter, and more capable than everyone else. refinery29.com, "Sorry To Bother You," 10 July 2018 In 2016, after the abrupt departures of two successive managers, the former England player and manager of its feeder under-21 team Gareth Southgate was given temporary charge of the national team, a decision that seemed safe, if uninspired. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "England’s Unfamiliar Emotion: Hope," 10 July 2018 Williams was safe, a run scored, and the inning the Phillies needed to rally for a 3-2 win could continue. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies use late rally to beat Pirates for sixth straight win," 7 July 2018 The fun, safe, hands-on environment for kids at Critter Camp to learn about various aspects of animal care and build a sense of respect and responsibility for animals will continue in July and August. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Critter Camp gives Northwest Indiana kids a hands-on approach to nature," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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