adjective, saf·er, saf·est.
- reaching base without being put out: safe on the throw to first base.
- making it possible to reach a base: a safe slide.
- a pan for catching leakage.
- template(def 7).
Origin of safe
Synonyms for safe
Related Words for safeprotected, intact, secure, healthy, certain, reliable, harmless, dependable, pure, clear, realistic, prudent, sure, snug, okay, sound, innocent, guarded, impervious, impregnable
Examples from the Web for safe
Contemporary Examples of safe
And it must make sure that the platform of debate where we can freely exchange ideas is safe and sound.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
They called for peace, reconciliation, and the safe return of Father Gregorio.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Their leader, Njie, still going by “Dave” during the operation, would stay a safe distance away until the State House was secure.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
“We wish each and every one of you a happy and safe new year,” Giorgio said at the very end.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
There was Carol White, a ho-hum homemaker who finds herself besieged by multiple chemical sensitivity in Safe.Julianne Moore Is Oscar Gold in ‘Still Alice’
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of safe
Two furlongs hence, and we shall be safe in the hostel at Dogmersfield.
“Nay, he is safe at home, where I would I were,” sighed Kit.
Gave the horses as much as I considered it safe for them to have at one time.
We are now safe again, and I must give the horses a few days' rest.
It traded with all the world and offered a safe home to the merchant and to the artisan.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Word Origin for safe
c.1300, "unscathed, unhurt, uninjured; free from danger or molestation, in safety, secure; saved spiritually, redeemed, not damned;" from Old French sauf "protected, watched-over; assured of salvation," from Latin salvus "uninjured, in good health, safe," related to salus "good health," saluber "healthful," all from PIE *solwos from root *sol- "whole" (cf. Latin solidus "solid," Sanskrit sarvah "uninjured, intact, whole," Avestan haurva- "uninjured, intact," Old Persian haruva-, Greek holos "whole").
As a quasi-preposition from c.1300, on model of French and Latin cognates. From late 14c. as "rescued, delivered; protected; left alive, unkilled." Meaning "not exposed to danger" (of places) is attested from late 14c.; of actions, etc., "free from risk," first recorded 1580s. Meaning "sure, reliable, not a danger" is from c.1600. Sense of "conservative, cautious" is from 1823. Paired alliteratively with sound (adj.) from late 14c. The noun safe-conduct (late 13c.) is from Old French sauf-conduit (13c.).
"chest for keeping food or valuables," early 15c., save, from Middle French en sauf "in safety," from sauf (see safe (adj.)). Spelling with -f- first recorded 1680s, from influence of safe (adj.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with safe
- safe and sound
- safe as houses
- better safe than sorry
- on the safe side
- play it safe