safe·​keep·​ing | \ ˈsāf-ˈkē-piŋ How to pronounce safekeeping (audio) \

Definition of safekeeping

1 : the act or process of preserving in safety
2 : the state of being preserved in safety

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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

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When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store’s beloved ‘Mailbox to Santa’ for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week," 25 Nov. 2018 The very first sequins were coins, sewn into clothes for safekeeping. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018 On Tuesday, moving crews loaded sofas, beds, dining room sets and the rest of the store’s contents onto trucks that will haul them away for safekeeping. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Facing Florence, Some North Carolinians Still Recovering From Previous Storms," 12 Sep. 2018 Quinn is able to escape with some of the creature’s armor, and sends it back home for safekeeping. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Predator could have been the franchise’s chance to finally have an identity," 8 Sep. 2018 Investors have been quick to forgive Facebook FB 0.20% for its lapses regarding the safekeeping of user data. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Facebook Investors May Be Too Quick to Forgive," 28 June 2018 All of them full of sympathy suddenly for the ghetto world of their traditional fathers now that the traditional fathers are filed for safekeeping in Beth Moses Memorial Park. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Philip Roth, the Mandarin Joker," 23 May 2018 The seven other dogs, all pit bull mixes, on the property, were removed for safekeeping. Lauren Pack, ajc, "Dog allegedly beaten with baseball bat is recovering," 2 July 2018 That night Robey and his wife put the briefcase under their mattress for safekeeping. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "An aviation flop led to stamp-collecting history and made the ‘Inverted Jenny’ famous," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of safekeeping

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of safekeeping

What It Is

Safekeeping is a term describing a financial institution's responsibility to keep clients' assets in a safe area.

How It Works

Let's say John Doe deposits $4,000 into his savings account at Bank XYZ. Bank XYZ has an obligation to keep John's $4,000 separate and apart from its own accounts that it uses to pay the bank employees and other expenses.

Similarly, John Doe's brokerage firm has a responsibility to keep the money in his account separate from the brokerage firm's own cash and house accounts.

Why It Matters

One of the fundamental purposes of the entire banking industry is safekeeping. That is, they provide people with a safe place to keep their money until they need it.

A safekeeping certificate is a document that proves that a person owns a security or a CD. American Depository Receipts (ADRs) are some of the most common forms of safekeeping certificates. Issued by U.S. banks, American Depository Receipts (ADRs) are certificates that represent shares of a foreign stock owned by the issuing bank. The foreign shares are usually held in custody overseas, but the certificates trade in the U.S. Through this system, a large number of foreign-based companies are actively traded on one of the three major U.S. equity markets (the NYSE, AMEX or Nasdaq).

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English Language Learners Definition of safekeeping

: the act of keeping something safe
: the state of being kept safe


safe·​keep·​ing | \ ˈsāf-ˈkē-piŋ How to pronounce safekeeping (audio) \

Kids Definition of safekeeping

: the act of keeping safe : protection from danger or loss He gave me his watch for safekeeping while he went for a swim.

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