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[ seyf ]
/ seɪf /
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adjective, saf·er, saf·est.

adverb

Informal. in a safe manner; safely: Learn how to drive safe.See Grammar note at adverb.

noun

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Idioms for safe

    play it safe, play (def. 85).

Origin of safe

1250–1300; (adjective) Middle English sauf, saf from Anglo-French saf, Old French sauf from Latin salvus “intact, whole”; (noun) late Middle English save, originally derivative of save1, assimilated to the adjective; cf. salvation

synonym study for safe

1. Safe, secure can 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for safe

safe
/ (seɪf) /

adjective

adverb

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

noun

Derived forms of safe

safely, adverbsafeness, noun

Word Origin for safe

C13: from Old French salf, from Latin salvus; related to Latin salus safety
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