\ 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



Definition of safe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from safe


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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There is no wrong way to use CBD oil, and it is generally considered to be safe for most people. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 Coronavirus Three child-size doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine appeared to be safe and showed a strong immune response in children ages 6 months to 5 years, the companies announced yesterday. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 24 May 2022 The structure was not safe and could not be restored. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 23 May 2022 That vaccine also appears to be safe, but less effective than shots for adults. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 Pfizer also said its vaccine was safe, with a similar safely profile as placebo shots. ABC News, 23 May 2022 Most toaster ovens now come with a removable crumb tray that is dishwasher safe too. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 22 May 2022 Our highway system has been built for efficiency and convenience, not to be safe. Michael Laris, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 But for infants close to who are close to a year old, the products can be safe for just a few days, and only if there is absolutely no other choice. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In that safe was a handgun and the woman’s boyfriend’s Social Security card, bank book and passport. cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Plus, after the fun of building, kids can use the safe to store their prized possessions. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 Hexbug Kids can build their own safe with this kit, which comes with a customizable dial lock and dual bolts. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 Burglars had broken through a glass door at the back of the home sometime between 5:30 and 10:30 p.m. and made off with gold jewelry and a large safe. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 Shauna attempts, literally, to lock her harrowing experience away in a tiny safe, which is a pretty on-the-nose metaphor for repression. Erin Qualey, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2022 Guns should be unloaded and locked in appropriate safes or lock boxes for handguns, with ammunition locked in a separate safe, the AAP recommends. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 9 Dec. 2021 The physical threat from the Mötley Crüe drummer reportedly flipped a switch in Gauthier, who, in retaliation, stole a safe from the couple’s garage, forced it open and discovered a tape that Anderson and Lee had made on their honeymoon. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 Seeking payback, Gauthier breaks into the garage and steals a safe. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of safe


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for safe


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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\ 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



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


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.


\ 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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