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 Patients who gave Barwin their sperm for safekeeping, only to have him use it to inseminate someone without their knowledge, can claim up to about $20,080. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Experts suspect the treasure trove was intentionally hidden away for safekeeping. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 July 2021 Blanco tucked the note away in his bag for safekeeping and watched as fellow first responders received their own handwritten tokens of appreciation. Washington Post, 4 July 2021 Sure, cloud storage is becoming an increasingly big part of the story, where files are stored offsite for safekeeping, but some high-profile free services like Google Photos no longer offer unlimited storage. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 19 June 2021 With the Lincoln County Jail in a shambles, police took the six tons of illicit liquor to Portland’s custom house for better safekeeping. oregonlive, 15 June 2021 Everett Animal Control took possession of the dog for safekeeping. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 18 May 2021 As is tradition in baseball, the ball immediately was thrown into the dugout for safekeeping. Matt Young, Chron, 15 Apr. 2021 She was taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and firearms were removed from the home for safekeeping. cleveland, 15 Apr. 2021

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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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2 Aug 2021

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“Safekeeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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