safe

1 of 2

adjective

safer; safest
1
: free from harm or risk : unhurt
2
a
: 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
5
a
: not threatening danger : harmless
b
: unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction
6
a
: not likely to take risks : cautious
safe adverb
or safely
safeness noun

safe

2 of 2

noun

1
: a place or receptacle to keep articles (such as valuables) safe
2

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Revisiting 2017 Solar eclipse maps show 2024 totality path, peak times across the U.S. Are your eclipse glasses safe? David Pogue, CBS News, 7 Apr. 2024 Stories of new and expectant mothers seeking to care for and feed their children amid acute shortages of food, medicines, safe shelter and hospital care are especially tragic. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2024 Yet a more modest vision for a safe, workable neuro-prosthesis that would allow disabled people to use a computer with ease is realizable. S. I. Rosenbaum, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2024 The six unlikely heroes reluctantly take on the task of bringing the only vaccine against the plague of idiots to a safe place, where Norway’s smartest minds have sought refuge. Annika Pham, Variety, 7 Apr. 2024 For safe manufacturers and resellers of eclipse glasses and filters for optical devices, including cameras and smartphones, check out the list curated by the American Astronomical Society. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 Solar eclipse glasses safety: Are your solar eclipse glasses safe? Katie Wiseman, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2024 The vessel is currently holding its position at the site of the collision and is in a stable condition and all 22 of the ship’s crew members are safe and accounted for, the agency added. Melissa Alonso, CNN, 26 Mar. 2024 The day Ukraine formally joins NATO will be Russia’s ultimate strategic defeat—and Ukraine and all of Europe will be the safer for it. Ivo Daalder, Foreign Affairs, 26 Mar. 2024
Noun
Room 205, which used to be a bursar’s office, features Chip Gaines’s favorite detail in the hotel: a giant safe, which has been turned into a working closet. Jeff Chu, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2024 Cinnamon, soup dumplings, eye ointments, gun safes, cars and more: See a list of the biggest recalls announced in the past six weeks. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 The reset codes are one reason the Department of Defense has banned the safes from being used inside the US government. Dell Cameron Andrew Couts, WIRED, 16 Mar. 2024 Consumer options: Machir is offering free replacement safes. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 2024 The court documents detailed that the average crime tourist in the Valley operates most commonly between Friday and Sunday between 5-9 p.m. and ransacks a home for money, jewelry, designer purses and entire safes. The Arizona Republic, 22 Feb. 2024 The law requires gun owners to keep firearms locked away in safes or secured by a gun lock. Mitchell Willetts, Kansas City Star, 21 Feb. 2024 Otherwise, Phill could have just reached his hand in the safe, grabbed it, and sprinted away a multi-millionaire. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 8 Dec. 2023 More than 120,000 safes — including three gun safes designed for secure firearm storage — got recalled Thursday because their biometric locks might not limit access to the person with the right fingerprint. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Safe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

safe

1 of 2 adjective
safer; safest
1
: freed or secure from danger, harm, or loss
2
: successful at getting to a base in baseball without being put out
the runner was safe
3
: providing safety
4
: not threatening danger
safe medicine
5
a
: cautious
a safe driver
safely adverb
safeness noun

safe

2 of 2 noun
: a container to keep articles (as valuables) safe
Etymology

Adjective

Middle English sauf "safe, unhurt," from early French sauf (same meaning), from Latin salvus "safe, healthy" — related to sage entry 3, save

Medical Definition

safe

adjective
safer; safest
: 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
safety noun
plural safeties

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