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

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

In order to reduce the negative impact of the obsessions, an individual engages in compulsions, which are behaviors that provide relief by allowing you to feel safer or escape the compulsions. Jacqueline Kantor, SELF, "How I Balance My Skin-Care Routine and My OCD Symptoms," 22 May 2019 That's interesting, in light of controversy (and a pending lawsuit) about whether Autopilot is safe to use when a driver is not fully attentive and able to take the wheel. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Elon Musk Tweets Tacit Approval of Porn Video Shot in Tesla Model X on Autopilot," 10 May 2019 Nets are safer than bullets or missiles with no risk of collateral damage to the surrounding area. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 Tours start at $98 for 3.5 hours, and include safety training—and the pace can be as slow and feel as safe as driving a golf cart. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 In terms of kosher law, a Chinese restaurant is a lot safer than an Italian restaurant. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 In its recommendations for how to make schools safer for children, the Federal Commission on School Safety, which was formed in the wake of Parkland, proposed the media not name shooters or publish their pictures. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Isn’t Breathing the Name of the Christchurch Attacker," 20 Mar. 2019 Mesh adjustable straps, reflective aspects to keep you safe, and a small pocket for cell phone or keys. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Best Hydration Packs to Keep You Going on Your Next Adventure," 28 Mar. 2019 The snapshot shows the couple putting a tracking collar on an elephant to help conservationists follow its migratory patterns to keep it safe from poaching. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Previously Unseen Photo From Their Botswana Trip," 4 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Thursday, Caroline Ghosn entered the apartment with officers of the Brazilian court and Nissan’s lawyers to open two safes and a small lock box in the apartment. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018 Temptation was easy for banks to resist when following the letter of federal law simply meant refusing business from pot dispensaries with safes overflowing with cash. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Weed Versus Greed on Wall Street," 25 Jan. 2019 Jewelry and two safes containing keys and personal paperwork stolen. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Catonsville crime log," 11 May 2018 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

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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 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

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 safety (audio) \ noun, plural safeties

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