[ seyf ]
/ seɪf /
adjective, saf·er, saf·est.
secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk: a safe place.
free from hurt, injury, danger, or risk: to arrive safe and sound.
involving little or no risk of mishap, error, etc.: a safe estimate.
dependable or trustworthy: a safe guide.
careful to avoid danger or controversy: a safe player; a safe play.
denied the chance to do harm; in secure custody: a criminal safe in jail.
- reaching base without being put out: safe on the throw to first base.
- making it possible to reach a base: a safe slide.
Informal. in a safe manner; safely: Learn how to drive safe.See Grammar note at adverb.
a steel or iron box or repository for money, jewels, papers, etc.
any receptacle or structure for the storage or preservation of articles: a meat safe.
- a pan for catching leakage.
- template(def 7).
Slang. a condom.
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Idioms for safe
play it safe, play(def 85).
Origin of safe
SYNONYMS FOR safe
1 protected, sound, guarded. Safe, secure may both imply that something can be regarded as free from danger. These words are frequently interchangeable. Safe, however, is applied rather to a person or thing that is out of or has passed beyond the reach of danger: The ship is safe in port. Secure is applied to that about which there is no need to fear or worry: to feel secure about the future; The foundation of the house does not seem very secure.
4 sure, reliable.
5 wary, careful.
9 strongbox, coffer, chest, safe-deposit box.
OTHER WORDS FROM safe
safe·ly, adverbsafe·ness, nounqua·si-safe, adjectivequa·si-safe·ly, adverb
su·per·safe, adjectivesu·per·safe·ly, adverbsu·per·safe·ness, nounul·tra·safe, adjectiveun·safe, adjectiveun·safe·ly, adverbun·safe·ness, noun
Words nearby safe
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Example sentences from the Web for safeness
Certain weeds of the human bosom are prompt to flourish where safeness would seem to be guaranteed.The Celt and Saxon, Complete|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for safeness
/ (seɪf) /
affording security or protection from harma safe place
(postpositive) free from dangeryou'll be safe here
secure from risk; certain; sounda safe investment; a safe bet
worthy of trust; prudenta safe companion
tending to avoid controversy or riska safe player
unable to do harm; not dangerousa criminal safe behind bars; water safe to drink
British informal excellent
on the safe side as a precaution
in a safe conditionthe children are safe in bed now
play safe to act in a way least likely to cause danger, controversy, or defeat
a strong container, usually of metal and provided with a secure lock, for storing money or valuables
a small ventilated cupboard-like container for storing food
US and Canadian a slang word for condom
Derived forms of safesafely, adverbsafeness, noun
Word Origin for safe
C13: from Old French salf, from Latin salvus; related to Latin salus safety
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Idioms and Phrases with safeness
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
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