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[seyf-kee-ping] /ˈseɪfˈki pɪŋ/
the act of keeping safe or the state of being kept safe; protection; care; custody.
Origin of safekeeping
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, safekeeping is from the late Middle English word safe kepyng. See safe, keeping Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You are calm, and keep your head; as to the other, perhaps that is in safe-keeping too.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • A man may arrest his own slave, and he may also imprison for safe-keeping the runaway slave of a friend.

    Laws Plato
  • All the colonies were watchful over the safe-keeping of fences.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • If the judge wishes it, I will take him into safe-keeping myself.

    Modern Icelandic Plays

    Jhann Sigurjnsson
  • Captain Wadsworth, I deliver this charter into your hands for safe-keeping.

    The Tree That Saved Connecticut Henry Fisk Carlton
  • She had given it, for safe-keeping, into Walbrough's hands last night.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • It has been hidden here for safe-keeping, just as your jewels were.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • I now desired to deposit my diamonds with a jeweler, for safe-keeping.

  • It is as if all the tyrants of the country had been sent to this island for safe-keeping.

    Plays--First Series August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for safe-keeping


the act of keeping or state of being kept in safety
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for safe-keeping

early 15c., from safe (adj.) + verbal noun from keep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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