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 Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson continues to say its baby powder is safe. Erika D. Smith Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Johnson & Johnson eroded trust in all COVID-19 vaccines. Can it be rebuilt?," 1 May 2021 Even though the project is more about taking care of the Earth, the activity is also COVID-19 safe, Menta said. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, "Arbor Day Foundation, Snoopy to plant 100,000 new trees, including in Michigan's forests," 30 Apr. 2021 The study showed the vaccine was safe and had an efficacy of 91.6% at preventing symptomatic COVID-19. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Is Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine safe? Brazil’s veto of Sputnik V sparks lawsuit threat and confusion," 30 Apr. 2021 The commission appeared to be safe in August when the council backed away from shutting it down due to inactivity and voted 4-1 in favor of keeping it. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Anoka citizens start petition to reinstate Human Rights Commission," 30 Apr. 2021 Here are five ways cyclists say riding can be safe. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "After legendary Bay Area bicyclist dies in car crash, cyclists crusade for safety," 29 Apr. 2021 Plus, the polymer is lead-free, meaning the hose is safe to use for drinking water. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, "More Than 24,000 Amazon Shoppers Swear by This Long-Lasting Garden Hose," 29 Apr. 2021 Absent independent confirmation, the sheikh’s claims the princess is safe and being cared for by her family are unpersuasive. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Efforts to bar Kentucky Derby favorite draw attention to the plight of a Dubai princess," 29 Apr. 2021 Science has shown for months that schools are safe. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "READ IN FULL: Tim Scott delivers GOP rebuttal to Biden's first address to joint session of Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "'Some Seeds Are Being Planted.' How Yasuke Paves a New Path for Black Creators in Anime," 30 Apr. 2021 Eric Hawthorne ruled it foul, but as Hannah Galey came in to score home plate umpire Mike Bartling ruled her safe for a walk-off 2-1 win for Oregon. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks softball splits doubleheader against Stanford, protested call decides series opener," 23 Apr. 2021 Resting next to his drugs in the safe of his house was a loaded pistol in a holster. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Meth, parties and $100,000: How a decorated doctor ended up selling illegal drugs," 28 Mar. 2021 Piunno is thankful for Widmann’s efforts, and said that the ring is now safely stored away in his safe. cleveland, "Richmond Heights class ring comes full circle after almost 50 years," 27 Mar. 2021 On the one hand is the desire to keep their staff and the public safe. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: $450 million Alamo project is on life support," 8 Mar. 2021 However, a search of his home and vehicles yielded several boxes of wire and $10,000 in a safe. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Probation, home detention for electrician who stole $126K in copper from MSP," 10 Mar. 2021 If your hitch isn’t otherwise occupied, a combination safe makes a good hiding place for a spare set of keys and some cash. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Five Ways to Enhance Your Trailer Hitch," 22 Aug. 2019 But the surest way to keep everyone in the hospital safe was to keep them in strict isolation. Eva Holland, Wired, "Premature Babies and the Lonely Terror of a Pandemic NICU," 11 Feb. 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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3 May 2021

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“Safe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe. Accessed 9 May. 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

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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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