\ 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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Adjective

safe or safely adverb
safeness noun

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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.

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 Such controlled re-identification by legitimate parties happens routinely and is perfectly appropriate, so long as the technical design is safe and sound. Lukasz Olejnik, Wired, "India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity," 8 Feb. 2020 Since the transition from socialism to state capitalism and the brutal suppression of the 1989 Tiananmen Movement, China's government has based its legitimacy on its ability to grow the economy, keeping its people safe and successful. James Griffiths, CNN, "China's censors tried to control the narrative on a hero doctor's death. It backfired terribly.," 7 Feb. 2020 Lower-level officials in nonpolitical positions have typically been safe from retaliatory firings, and doing so is likely to draw criticism from Congress. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Alexander Vindman to be ousted from National Security Council as early as Friday," 7 Feb. 2020 Almena was considered the brasher of the two defendants, and prosecutors accused him of ignoring fire codes and calls to make the space safer. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "Life after Ghost Ship," 7 Feb. 2020 The rice was submitted to the Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry, which designated it as safe in December 2019. Dominic Glover, The Conversation, "The Philippines has rated ‘Golden Rice’ safe, but farmers might not plant it," 7 Feb. 2020 Those inclined toward the safe and logical would probably look beyond the millennial former mayor of a midsize city as the candidate best suited to assume the presidency. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "‘You Can’t Fake Those Kind of Skills’: Pete Buttigieg’s Charisma Test," 1 Feb. 2020 The bags would keep them safe and calm while flying home. National Geographic, "At a grueling subarctic race, a photographer finds calm," 31 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, the captain of the ship nimbly repositioned us, giving both the port and starboard sides prime viewing, at a safe and respectful distance from the animals. Susan B. Barnes, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Time to Cruise to Alaska Will Surprise You," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Someone stole a 200-pound gun safe containing between 20 and 30 loaded guns from a Cleveland man’s home. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Week filled with gun thefts in Cleveland-area highlight issues surrounding gun security," 25 Jan. 2020 Several safes were found, one of which contained jewelry and trinkets authorities believe could be souvenirs from his victims, Adams said. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Officials believe they've found the 'Pillowcase Rapist.' The suspect was building a 'dungeon' beneath his home, officials say," 23 Jan. 2020 For the same reasons gun racks in trucks have all but gone the way of the passenger pigeon, gun safes have replaced gun cabinets. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Even if you don’t have a gun rack in your truck, it’s useful to have a truck gun," 11 Jan. 2020 According to The Sun, items taken from two safes in the couple’s home included rings and earrings as well as a $107,000 Cartier bangle that had been a wedding gift. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Thieves Reportedly Steal $67 Million in Jewelry From Home of British Heiress Near Kensington Palace," 16 Dec. 2019 Yet officials say efforts to make areas such as this road corridor in Northern California more fire safe are undercut by property owners who refuse to let fire crews work on their property. Matthew Brown And Christina Larson, SFChronicle.com, "As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist," 14 Dec. 2019 Yet officials say efforts to make areas such as this road corridor in Northern California more fire safe are undercut by property owners who refuse to let fire crews work on their property. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, "As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some homeowners resist," 13 Dec. 2019 No two safes are the same, but assortments include slime, stickers, temporary tattoos and figurines. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Hot Toys 2019: Star Wars, Hatchimals, Owleez and Frozen offerings top holiday wish lists," 20 Nov. 2019 No two safes are the same, but assortments include slime, stickers, temporary tattoos and figurines. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, "Hot toys 2019: Star Wars, Hatchimals, Owleez and ‘Frozen’ offerings top holiday wish lists," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Safe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=safe0001. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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
\ 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
\ 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 establishedEmergency Medicine

Other Words from safe

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

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