safekeeping

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web Some slave owners visiting or conducting business in Washington detained their bondpeople in the Yellow House for safekeeping, temporarily, for a 25-cent per day fee. Jeff Forret, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Notorious ‘Yellow House’ That Made Washington, D.C. a Slavery Capital," 22 July 2020 An officer arrived and took possession of the bike for safekeeping. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 22 June 2020 Police have the lanyard at the police station for safekeeping. cleveland, "Motel guests video record arrest of repeated trespasser: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 4 June 2020 Yes, AirPods will magnetically affix to the top of your display, for safekeeping. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "12 awesome tech hacks to save you money and time," 4 May 2020 The property was taken and placed into evidence for safekeeping. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 27 Apr. 2020 Doctors told Rabin-Havt to take Sanders’s glasses away for safekeeping, but with this particular man, that issue proved to be a nonstarter. Rachel Manteuffel, Washington Post, "Maybe his demise was less about ideology or policy — and more about the candidate himself," 23 Mar. 2020 The property was taken into custody for safekeeping. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 23 Mar. 2020 Some of those precious metals were given to friends and family for safekeeping. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Hoover salesman and tax defier pleads guilty to federal crime," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of safekeeping

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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13 Aug 2020

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“Safekeeping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safekeeping. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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safekeeping

noun
How to pronounce safekeeping (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of safekeeping

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

safekeeping

noun
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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