- The definition of safe is free from risk, danger, harm or damage.
An example of safe used as an adjective is the phrase "safe haven," which means a place where people can go if there is an emergency.
- Safe is defined as a storage place for valuables, usually locked and made of metal.
An example of a safe is a locker.
This safe is for storing valuables.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- free from damage, danger, or injury; secure
- having escaped danger or injury; unharmed
- giving protection
- involving no risk
- no longer dangerous; unable to cause trouble or damage: safe in jail
- taking no risks; prudent; cautious: said of persons
- ☆ Baseball having reached a base without being put out
Origin: Middle English sauf from Old French from Classical Latin salvus, akin to salus, health, sound condition from Indo-European base an unverified form solo-, whole, well-preserved from source Glassical Greek holos, whole, Sanskrit sarva, unharmed, whole
- a container or box, capable of being locked and usually of metal, in which to store valuables
- any compartment, box, etc. for storing food, etc.: a meat safe
- Slang a condom
Origin: altered (after the adj.) < earlier save < save
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adjective saf·er, saf·est
- Secure from danger, harm, or evil.
- Free from danger or injury; unhurt: safe and sound.
- Free from risk; sure: a safe bet.
- Affording protection: a safe place.
- Baseball Having reached a base without being put out, as a batter or base runner.
- A metal container usually having a lock, used for storing valuables.
- A repository for protecting stored items, especially a cooled compartment for perishable foods: a cheese safe.
- Slang A condom.
Origin: Middle English sauf, from Old French, from Latin salvus, healthy; see sol- in Indo-European roots.
- safeˈly adverb
- safeˈness noun