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  1. the act of keeping safe or the state of being kept safe; protection; care; custody.
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Origin of safekeeping

First recorded in 1400–50, safekeeping is from the late Middle English word safe kepyng. See safe, keeping
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Examples from the Web for safe-keeping

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Historical Examples

  • 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.



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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for safe-keeping


  1. the act of keeping or state of being kept in safety
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Word Origin and History for safe-keeping


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

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