safe·​keep·​ing ˈsāf-ˈkē-piŋ How to pronounce safekeeping (audio)
: the act or process of preserving in safety
: the state of being preserved in safety

Examples of safekeeping in a Sentence

His will is in safekeeping with his lawyer. while she was away on business, the single mom entrusted her daughter into her in-laws' safekeeping
Recent Examples on the Web When asked specifically about protocols and regulations in re: classified documents and their safekeeping, retention, etc. in regard to National Archives Act etc., Felon becomes verbally abusive though insists proper procedures are being followed. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 The guidelines require an experienced, qualified armorer to be put in charge of all handling, use, and safekeeping of firearms on set. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 25 Jan. 2024 Night after night the mouse gathered up clothespins, corks, and other miscellaneous objects, stashing them inside a rectangular wooden box for safekeeping. Matt Benoit, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2024 The deputy contacted Florida Fish and Wildlife, who were able to transport the cubs to a secure location for safekeeping. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 1 Feb. 2024 After Diane's death, Tex asked his buddy Sheriff Sills to go out to his ranch and collect his guns for safekeeping. Maureen Maher, CBS News, 27 Jan. 2024 Included is a keepsake box for displaying or safekeeping while tucked away into a drawer. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 25 Oct. 2023 The sneaker also comes in a cotton shoe bag for dust-free safekeeping, and even that is designed to match the sartorial nature of the release. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 24 Aug. 2023 Nobody turned the recorder off for safekeeping, and they are programmed to retain only the most recent two hours of audio, which is then automatically overwritten. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of safekeeping was in the 15th century

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“Safekeeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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