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

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 People with home equity lines of credit might set aside some capital for safekeeping, before lenders potentially freeze the lines. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2022 Rather than dig around for loose sunglasses or wallets, our textiles experts stash their necessities in these pouches for safekeeping. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 19 Aug. 2022 On Thursday morning, a FedEx deliveryman arrived looking for Mr. Edwards, who would sometimes hold packages for safekeeping, and found the blue plastic chair surrounded by candles and flowers. New York Times, 11 July 2022 His motorcycle was secured in the lot and property taken by the hospital police for safekeeping. cleveland, 23 June 2022 Her underground group worked with a doctor who would inform them when a Jewish woman had given birth and wished to surrender the child for safekeeping. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 In the meantime, the plastic foam beasts will remain locked in the kitchen for safekeeping. Danica Kirka, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 June 2022 In the meantime, the plastic foam beasts will remain locked in the kitchen for safekeeping. Danica Kirka, ajc, 4 June 2022 This implies that the traditional notion of depositing money in a bank for safekeeping is incorrect. Rufas Kamau, Forbes, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of safekeeping

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Sep 2022

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“Safekeeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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