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).
- safari park,
- safari shirt,
- safari suit,
- safe and sound,
- safe area,
- safe as houses,
- safe conduct,
- safe deposit box
Origin of safe
Examples from the Web for safely
The Affordable Care Act is safely embedded, with repeal unlikely even with a freshly minted Republican Senate.
When you are safely out, you give your password to the smuggler who calls it in to the broker to release the funds.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We sought out the one man who could safely guide us in and out of the Korengal Valley: Zalwar Khan.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While that cause may be safely discarded, the correct one is hard to pin down.
However, there was always an understanding that the 'due month' would be released after Kate had safely passed the 12-week mark.
So he convoyed them safely into port and would not take even the smallest present, in recompense for his services.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea|Charles H. L. Johnston
Dead, even in name, many of them, or else safely embalmed in the musty pages of some old history seldom read.Gardens of the Caribbees, v. 1/2|Ida May Hill Starr
I wished fervently at that instant that the ten days of this voyage were over and we were safely at Ferrok-Shahn.
He had an old aunt to whom he could safely entrust his belongings.The Strange Story of Rab Rby|Mr Jkai
Two of the band managed to escape that night, but the other fourteen were safely lodged in prison.The Fugitives|R.M. Ballantyne
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