safe

adjective
\ ˈsāf How to pronounce safe (audio) \
safer; safest

Definition of safe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : free from harm or risk : unhurt
2a : secure from threat of danger, harm, or loss
b : successful at getting to a base in baseball without being put out
3 : affording safety or security from danger, risk, or difficulty
4 obsolete, of mental or moral faculties : healthy, sound
5a : not threatening danger : harmless
b : unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction
6a : not likely to take risks : cautious

safe

noun

Definition of safe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place or receptacle to keep articles (such as valuables) safe

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Other Words from safe

Adjective

safe or safely adverb
safeness noun

Examples of safe in a Sentence

Adjective I don't feel safe in this neighborhood. The kids were safe in the cabin. We need to make sure that the children are safe and sound. “Is the money safe?” “Yes, it's in the bank.” a world made safe from war Is it safe to walk here? He wished us a safe trip. I found a safe place to take shelter from the storm. They live in a perfectly safe neighborhood. We watched the fireworks from a safe distance. Noun the hotel recommended that we keep all our valuables in its safe during our stay
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This feels like a crime wave, and you guys are supposed to keep us safe, right? NBC News, 6 June 2021 Colleges, however, have struggled to create policies that keep students safe without destroying the sense of community on campus. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 With those kinds of technical and legislative frameworks in place, end users can feel safe when sharing personal data for transparent and relevant services. Bertrand Fontaine, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Speltz said the company has seen improvements downtown in recent months but wants to continue to see concerted action to address criminal activity, vandalism, trash and graffiti downtown to ensure that their employees can feel safe in returning. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 4 June 2021 Plus, the pandemic adds an extra layer of planning: To feel comfortable in your home, people also need to feel safe. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 In that case, your employer will need to do certain things to keep you and your coworkers safe. Korin Miller, Health.com, 4 June 2021 In a news conference where the governor was joined by state health officials and Washington State Lottery Director Marcus Glasper, Inslee called the move an investment to keep residents safe. Joseph O'sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2021 If your iPhone truly got into the hands of a bad actor, this security protocol can keep your passwords and payment cards safe. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun We are relieved this cool carnivore is back in the wild safe & sound! Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 Army leaders argued that sending them into a volatile combat situation required additional instruction to keep both them and the public safe. Fox News, 11 Apr. 2021 Army leaders argued that sending them into a volatile combat situation required additional instruction to keep both them and the public safe. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2021 Army leaders argued that sending them into a volatile combat situation required additional instruction to keep both them and the public safe. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021 Army leaders argued that sending them into a volatile combat situation required additional instruction to keep both them and the public safe. chicagotribune.com, 10 Apr. 2021 Industry standards for privacy need to be assessed based on emerging needs and concerns, which include the right to protecting one’s own image, as well as the obligation to do everything possible to keep the general public safe. Rob Watts, Forbes, 18 May 2021 But there are some complicated ethics around flouting the rules meant to keep the public safe. Katherine Singh, refinery29.com, 18 May 2021 In the show, the eponymous character (voiced by LaKeith Stanfield) is driven by a sense of duty to keep the weak safe. Kat Moon, Time, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of safe

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for safe

Adjective

Middle English sauf, from Anglo-French salf, sauf, from Latin salvus safe, healthy; akin to Latin solidus solid, Greek holos whole, safe, Sanskrit sarva entire

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The first known use of safe was in the 14th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Safe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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safe

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of safe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not able or likely to be hurt or harmed in any way : not in danger
: not able or likely to be lost, taken away, or given away
: not involving or likely to involve danger, harm, or loss

safe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of safe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong metal box with a lock that is used to store money or valuable things

safe

adjective
\ ˈsāf How to pronounce safe (audio) \
safer; safest

Kids Definition of safe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : free or secure from harm or danger I don't feel safe here.
2 : giving protection or security against harm or danger a safe neighborhood
3 : harmless safe drinking water
4 : unlikely to be wrong or cause disagreement a safe answer
5 : not likely to take risks : careful a safe driver
6 : successful in reaching a base in baseball

Other Words from safe

safely adverb

safe

noun

Kids Definition of safe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a metal box with a lock that is used for keeping something (as money) safe

Choose the Right Synonym for safe

Adjective

safe and secure mean free from danger. safe is used of freedom from a present danger. I felt safe as soon as I crossed the street. secure is used of freedom from a possible future danger or risk. The locks on the door made us feel secure.

safe

adjective
\ ˈsāf How to pronounce safe (audio) \
safer; safest

Medical Definition of safe

: not causing harm or injury especially : having a low incidence of adverse reactions and significant side effects when adequate instructions for use are given and having a low potential for harm under conditions of widespread availability a list of drugs generally regarded as safe safe use in pregnancy has not been established Emergency Medicine

Other Words from safe

safety \ ˈsāf-​tē How to pronounce safe (audio) \ noun, plural safeties

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