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safe

I.adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a careful/safe driver
▪ Since I had the accident, I’m a much more careful driver.
a safe alternative
▪ Will there ever be a safe alternative to nuclear power?
a safe distance (=enough space to be safe)
▪ You should keep a safe distance from the car in front.
a safe environment
▪ The playground provides a safe environment for children.
a safe investment (=in which you are unlikely to lose money)
▪ Electricity shares are still a safe investment.
a safe journey (=used especially to wish someone a good journey)
▪ Have a safe journey.
a safe option (=one that involves no risk)
▪ A special savings account can be a safe option.
a safe seatBritish English (= one that a party is unlikely to lose)
▪ Maidstone is considered a safe seat for the Conservatives.
arrive safe and sound (=safely)
▪ It was a great relief when he arrived back safe and sound.
judge it safe to do sth (=consider that it is safe to do something)
▪ He listened for some time before judging it safe to go downstairs.
keep (sb/sth) warm/safe/dry etc
▪ We huddled around the fire to keep warm.
night safe
permit/promise/guarantee etc safe passage (to/for sb)
▪ The government offered safe passage to militants taking up their offer of peace talks.
Play it safe (=avoid risks)
Play it safe and make sure the eggs are thoroughly cooked.
provide/offer/create a safe haven (for sb)
▪ The prime minister wanted to create a safe haven for the refugees.
safe conduct
safe disposal
▪ Talks were held on the safe disposal of nuclear weapons.
safe driving (=driving well and carefully)
▪ Young drivers should be educated about safe driving.
safe haven
▪ The prime minister wanted to create a safe haven for the refugees.
safe house
safe passage
▪ The government offered safe passage to militants taking up their offer of peace talks.
safe sex
safe sex (=ways of having sex that reduce the spread of sexual diseases)
somewhere safe/different etc
▪ Is there somewhere safe where I can leave my bike?
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
perfectly
▪ So for the trick to work the parent must always be perfectly safe.
▪ When we arrived at a perfectly safe position, we halted to take an account of damages.
▪ Basic butane picnic stoves are a perfectly safe, reliable and inexpensive choice for mild weather trips.
▪ I think he decided the jewels were perfectly safe right where they were.
▪ As for the 1991 cruising season, most of the Med is still perfectly safe to visit.
▪ The point is, of course, that for hundreds of years the villages have been perfectly safe.
▪ Maggie realised that she felt perfectly safe with him.
▪ The descent, like a big dipper, is exhilarating but perfectly safe.
quite
▪ I've got to settle down and have babies, so you're quite safe.
▪ Tim flowers felt quite safe I m sure.
▪ Even though his hands were full, she felt quite safe.
▪ He would be quite safe in it till morning.
▪ But if you buy the right thing in the right place you should be quite safe.
▪ And besides - you were quite safe.
▪ You'd be quite safe, I assure you.
relatively
▪ Security advisers are confident the prince will be relatively safe from hostile forces.
▪ In spite of the adverse effects, the benzodiazepines are relatively safe drugs.
▪ Monasteries and nunneries were relatively safe from attack until the Dissolution and would have no need for elaborate and impractical tunnels.
▪ We then take him on to a relatively safe highway.
▪ A small monetary union here would be relatively safe, under almost any conceivable scenario.
▪ Women gained access to relatively safe abortion, and thus gained control over their own fertility.
▪ Mr Stringer now appears relatively safe, but he could have been the victim of his own success.
▪ Where parking is off-street the streets seem relatively safe, but where it is not there are obvious dangers.
■ NOUN
bet
▪ Above all, remember that there is no such thing as a safe bet.
▪ If you are determined to cultivate fruits, then the safest bets are berry bushes and nut trees.
▪ The supermodels are a safe bet and, in times of recession, that is what matters.
▪ Or is Paul Parker a safer bet?
▪ It was always a safe bet, of course, that Hillsborough would be just about the least dangerous place in Britain yesterday.
▪ You can't have a safer bet than that!
▪ But Nintendo looks a safer bet.
▪ He may not fancy it, but it's a safe bet that he would be the first man to do it.
conduct
▪ Apart from the commander of the garrison and his guard who were given safe conduct to Ascalon they spared none.
▪ They would be guaranteed safe conduct north.
deposit
▪ All have telephone and safe deposit.
▪ Where is your safe deposit box, and the keys to it?
▪ Safe deposit boxes Many large hotels provide individual safe deposit boxes or wall safes for the use of their guests.
▪ One item that intrigued them was a key to a safe deposit box, which was apparently left for them to find.
distance
▪ So, from a safe distance, he plucked meanings from the cosmos and wove them together in reassurance.
▪ But not all eavesdropping can be accomplished at such a safe distance.
▪ She sat down rather stiffly on the grass, being careful to keep a safe distance between them.
▪ I liked Hatti but from a safe distance.
▪ The senator fell into step beside me while some of Bonefish's smaller children followed at a safe distance.
▪ They had watched from a safe distance, because opposing Chun could mean only bad news.
▪ The best way of avoiding this problem is to ensure that there is a safe distance between the trees and buildings.
environment
▪ There is hope for a safer environment, but it can not be achieved easily or soon.
▪ After I came to the United States, I made myself a really safe environment.
▪ For individuals, the costs of maintaining a safe environment are, however, by no means all in the category of indirect taxation.
▪ Maintain a clean and safe environment for learning.
▪ Obviously knowledge as well as self-discipline is necessary to prevent accidents and maintain a safe environment.
▪ The individual's level of stress is known to be important in relation to maintaining a safe environment.
▪ In recent years this has been brought into sharp focus with growing public concern for a healthier and safer environment.
▪ This is true largely because the problems associated with maintaining a safe environment are different in different parts of the world.
hand
▪ My neck and hand were in safe hands-four of them.
▪ The college also offers a creche for two to five-year-olds so that parents can leave children in safe hands.
▪ Knight was the next to fall - straight into the safe hands of Hick, off the bowling of Benjamin.
▪ He left them in safe hands.
▪ They took her to Central Middlesex Hospital and were told she would only be released into safe hands.
▪ I hope they're in safe hands.
▪ You feel yourself in the safe hands of people who know what they are about.
▪ Ambulances arrived, Ivor and Pauline were in safe hands.
haven
▪ This aspect arose in particular over the setting up of safe havens for the Kurds.
▪ A survivor, Nathan hunts for a safe haven.
▪ He convinced local landholders to give the monkeys safe haven by setting aside land as a preserve.
▪ Gold is seen by many investors as a safe haven in times of economic and political instability.
▪ Dozens of other mammals call this forest safe haven, among them the increasingly threatened jaguar.
▪ Before long, public housing developments were functioning as traps, not safe havens.
▪ Create safe havens for the victims of war?
▪ The womb is the ultimate safe haven and the ultimate symbol of care and nurture.
house
▪ It was logical really that I should be brought from my anonymous safe house to the Hezbollah's Hay Madi barracks.
▪ They reportedly control an organization that lists at least 20 safe houses in Tijuana alone and numbers as many as 400 people.
▪ It was a safe house in a bad area at a bad time.
▪ Side turnings; stopovers; safe houses.
▪ And the finest safe house on the road back to Ireland.
▪ We're moving you to a safe house in Wapping.
▪ She was placed in a safe house but later returned to the coven of her own free will.
▪ One success in a sea of despair is the safe house system.
passage
▪ On Jan. 31, the government promised safe passage to Sikh militants taking up the Prime Minister's offer of peace talks.
▪ There was risk involved in going, and no guarantee of safe passage.
▪ The water of the red sea divided so as to ensure safe passage for the Israelite.
▪ Instead, Fujimori has offered to provide safe passage out of the country for rebels if they liberate all the captives.
▪ They call themselves Rektum, and all signs suggest they enjoyed what you might call a safe passage.
▪ It confined transoceanic vessels to a few narrow shipping lanes that promised safe passage.
▪ That channel is one of only three in the whole archipelago that will allow a nuclear submarine safe passage.
▪ The gunmen released most hostages and headed for Chechnya with the rest after receiving a promise of safe passage.
place
▪ There are some who advocate that, now that that has happened, the world is somehow a safer place.
▪ She put her card away in a safe place - then couldn't remember where.
▪ It just makes your world a kinder, safer place.
▪ While I was absent, Wemmick had warned Herbert to move our guest to a safer place.
▪ Jack Diamond is an entirely safe place.
▪ But the organisation is a keen supporter of driver training as the best way of making the roads a safer place.
▪ My mind darts like a boy who has stolen something and wants to get to a safe place to examine his prize.
return
▪ Worse, really, because with ageing there's not the least possibility of a safe return.
▪ And he adds his personal guarantee of company and protection, with the assurance of eventual safe return.
▪ Birdland is now offering a reward for the safe return of the birds and the conviction of the thieves.
▪ The Everqueen herself gifted him with a heart-shaped broach which she had woven with enchantments for his safe return.
▪ Meanwhile, the Spartan observers were politely detained, pending the ambassadors' safe return.
▪ Already some manufacturers are offering incentives for safe return of batteries, so that they can recycle or dispose of them safely.
▪ The safe return of the Oldenburgs.
seat
▪ But, as it was, he could expect to be made Solicitor-General and found a safe seat.
▪ The already safe seat at Wandsworth was divided in 1918 into five safe seats.
▪ It went down a treat with the matrons in safe seats like South-west Surrey.
▪ Given that most seats are safe seats for one party or another, this selection is usually tantamount to election.
▪ It will increase citizens' control over their elected representatives, by abolishing safe seats.
▪ Besides, you need to motivate workers in safe seats to go and help in the others.
▪ In safe seats selectionist tantamount to election.
side
▪ She must fetch her raincoat, just to be on the safe side.
▪ So this year, to be on the safe side, she had ordered a roll of chicken wire and metal stakes.
▪ To be on the safe side, always ask your doctor's advice before making a final decision.
▪ So they dropped a dime in order to err on the safe side.
▪ Most employers, to be on the safe side, would have fired a lot more workers.
▪ Just to be on the safe side, he may also have invoked topographical features behind which the sun disappears.
▪ Dougal had arranged to hire it for the Sunday and the Monday, just to be on the safe side.
way
▪ But there are safe ways to ward off fleas.
▪ There are two safe ways to find a good massage therapist: 1.
▪ The safest way to ensure that you are getting the best practical business advice for your money is to buy from Croner.
▪ He'd spent a long time twisting bits of wire together and finding a safe way to steal electricity from the fusebox.
▪ After recycling, we must find the safest way in which to dispose of the waste.
▪ It is the only safe way to proceed in the future.
▪ The safest way to introduce it is in the skimmer, where it can sterilize the water as it passes through.
▪ Nervous Novices Villa-Flotilla is the safest way to sample cruising for the first time.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a good/safe bet
▪ The earrings seemed like a good bet for a birthday present.
▪ Cohen says companies like PictureTel have improved transmission quality, making video conferencing a better bet than in years past.
▪ Even if you spend more and risk recurring sticker shock, the place is a good bet to tranquilize you.
▪ It was always a safe bet, of course, that Hillsborough would be just about the least dangerous place in Britain yesterday.
▪ Only a few months ago he had looked like a good bet.
▪ Still, if a well-equipped sporty car is in your heart, the fifth-generation Prelude probably is a good bet.
▪ That makes them a good bet if you travel with a laptop computer.
▪ The supermodels are a safe bet and, in times of recession, that is what matters.
a safe pair of hands
it's a safe/sure/fair bet (that)
▪ As soon as a board attempts to interfere with management tasks it's a fair bet that profits will decline.
▪ He may not fancy it, but it's a safe bet that he would be the first man to do it.
▪ Since they're not, it's a fair bet that they show something she doesn't want you to know.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ As long as we keep to the main road we should be safe.
▪ Bye Sarah, have a safe journey.
▪ Do teenagers know enough about safe sex and contraception?
▪ Do you think she'll be safe in the house all alone?
▪ Dr Williams said the drug would continue to be used because it was safe for most patients.
▪ Hiding in the hedge a safe distance from the truck, she waited for the man to appear.
▪ I'm trusting you with these documents, so make sure you keep them safe.
▪ I feel pretty safe in this building.
▪ Keep the receipt in a safe place.
▪ Mothers held on to their children tightly, letting them watch the fireworks from a safe distance.
▪ Our buses have to pass a safety test each year and are perfectly safe.
▪ She tends to choose safe, politically acceptable topics for her films.
▪ the safe disposal of radioactive waste
▪ The missing children were eventually found at a friend's house, safe and sound.
▪ The turtles lay their eggs in the damp sand where they are safe from predators.
▪ Tom's plan seemed simple and safe.
▪ We want the streets to be safe for our children.
▪ Would it be safer to park my car in the driveway?
▪ Your money will be safer in the bank.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Ericka Emery, 13, feels safer now.
▪ I closed the curtains around the bed, and felt safe from Heathcliff and everyone else at Wuthering Heights.
▪ New powers to refuse wastes and revoke licences are potentially powerful weapons in controlling the movement and safe disposal of wastes.
▪ One looked safe enough, bearing, as it did, Mr Yarrow's distinctive scrawl.
▪ Seemingly the safest of all securitised corporate lending is the market for commercial paper.
▪ There was a sort of noisy anonymity about the rattling carriage which made him feel safe.
▪ To be on the safe side I spent two hours in the drain, shivering for most of the second hour.
▪ White noise is as safe as a lullaby.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
world
▪ As the new millennium begins, a world supposedly safe from war has to some degree become a world safe for war.
▪ Nevertheless, Levin helped make the world safe for Jeffries by establishing a symmetry of crackpot ideas.
▪ It remains to be seen whether all this makes the world safe from calamitous currency crunches.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He ignored both the display cases and the safe which was concealed behind a framed eighteenth-century engraving of the City of London.
▪ The safe being a large cabinet with a fine wire-mesh door to keep flies off fresh food.
▪ This is the money that banks keep in their safes or tills for everyday use.
Wikipedia

Safe (1995 film)

Safe — sometimes written as [safe] or [SAFE] — is a 1995 British/American drama film written and directed by Todd Haynes, and starring Julianne Moore. The story is a character study of a suburban California housewife whose life deteriorates under the stress of " environmental illnesses" and seeks hope from "New Age" practitioners with whom she becomes involved. Safe was voted the best film of the 1990s in the 1999 Village Voice Film Poll.

Safe (EP)

Safe is the second EP by Kittie, a Canadian heavy metal all-women band from London, Ontario. It was released in 2002. It is dedicated "In Loving Memory of Dave Williams". The EP sold 25,000 units in the United States. It received very little promotion, only appearing on 2 major rock/heavy metal magazines.

Safe (Firefly)

"Safe" is the fifth episode of the science fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon.

Mal must choose which crew members to save when one is gravely wounded and two others are kidnapped. Simon finds an uneasy haven in a remote village, but River's uncanny perceptions jeopardize the Tams' temporary safety.

Safe (disambiguation)

A safe is a secure lockable box used for securing valuable objects against theft or damage.

Safe may also refer to:

Safe (band)

The Safe is one of the most enigmatic bands in Russian underground with its original poetry and music style, as well as a sizable stock of about thirty albums.

SAFE

SAFE as an acronym may refer to:

  • Safe Affordable Fission Engine, a series of small experimental nuclear reactors designed by NASA
  • SAFE (organisation), Save Animals From Exploitation, a New Zealand animal advocacy organisation
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), a process framework for running Agile software development projects at scale
  • Securing Adolescents From Exploitation-Online Act of 2007, an American law on child pornography
  • Security and Freedom Ensured Act, an American law that amended the PATRIOT Act
  • SAFE-BioPharma Association, Signatures and Authentication For Everyone, a pharmaceutical database
  • Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, a professional aviation organization
  • SAFE (cable system), South Africa Far East cable, an underwater communications cable linking South Africa and Malaysia
  • State Administration of Foreign Exchange, an agency of the Chinese government
  • Strategic Action For Emergencies, a fictional group to counter S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel Comics
  • Stroke Alliance for Europe, a coalition of charities that support stroke survivors
  • SAFE (Struggle Against Financial Exploitation), a UK Parliamentary Working Group who campaign against financial fraud and deception
  • Survivor Activating Factor Enhancement, a metabolic pathway
  • Synchronized Armed Forces Europe, the concept of synchronising of the European military forces

SAFE (cable system)

The South Africa Far East cable is an optical fiber submarine communications cable linking Melkbosstrand, South Africa to Penang, Malaysia.

It was commissioned in 2002 and built by Tyco Submarine Systems of the United States with an initial capacity of 10 Gigabits per second, and current capacity of 440 Gigabits per second. It has four fiber strands, using Erbium-doped fiber amplifier repeaters and wavelength division multiplexing.

It has a total length of and is one of a pair of cables— SAT-3/WASC being the other—that provides high-speed digital links between Europe, West and Southern Africa and the Far East. Together with SAT-3/WASC, it also provides redundancy for other cables travelling through the Middle East.

It has landing points at:

  1. Melkbosstrand, near Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa (where it meets the SAT-2 and SAT-3 cable systems)
  2. Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (branch)
  3. Saint Paul, Réunion
  4. Baie du Jacotet, Savanne, Mauritius
  5. Kochi, India (branch) (where it meets the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable system)
  6. Penang, Malaysia (where it meets the FLAG and SEA-ME-WE 3 cable systems)

Safe (baseball)

In baseball, a baserunner is safe when he reaches a base without being put out by various ways. While a runner is touching a base, he is usually not in jeopardy of being put out, and is thus "safe" from fielders' actions. The runner is in jeopardy once again, negating this safety, when he ceases touching the base, when forced on a force play, or when the runner commits interference.

By the rules, a runner is safe when he is entitled to the base he is trying for. Umpires will signal that a runner is safe by extending their elbows to their sides and then extending their arms fully to the side. For emphasis, an umpire may fully cross and extend his arms several times to indicate safe. Verbally, the umpire will usually simply say "safe". If a close play occurs that may have appeared to be a putout, the umpire will also call a reason for the safe call, such as "he dropped the ball" or "he missed the tag".

Safe (Phil Wickham song)

"Safe" is the first single by American Christian and gospel singer Phil Wickham from his third studio album Heaven & Earth, which features MercyMe’s frontman Bart Millard. The single has made it into the top 20 on Billboard’s Christian AC and Soft AC/Inspirational charts and reached #4 on the Billboard's Christian songs chart on January 3.

Safe (2012 film)

Safe is a 2012 American action crime thriller film written and directed by Boaz Yakin and starring Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke and James Hong. Statham plays an ex-cop and former cage fighter who winds up protecting a gifted child who is being chased by the Russian mafia, Chinese Triads, and corrupt New York City police.

SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity)

A SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) is an agreement between an investor and a company that provides warrants to the investor for equity in the company without determining a specific price per share. The SAFE investor receives the futures shares when a priced round of investment or liquidation event occurs. Startup accelerator Y Combinator released the Simple Agreement for Future Equity (“SAFE”) investment instrument as an alternative to convertible debt in late 2013.

SAFE (organisation)

SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation) is a New Zealand animal rights group. The group's purpose is to oppose practices of perceived unnecessary animal exploitation and experimentation. SAFE actively campaigns against current intensive pig and chicken farming practices. SAFE is also opposed to duck shooting, live sheep exports, genetically engineering animals and vivisection on beagles and other animals.

SAFE evolved out of an Auckland branch of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection. This group was renamed Save Animals from Experiments in 1972 and renamed again to Save Animals from Exploitation in 1987. The organisation has around two thousand members, is governed by a National Executive Committee and has approximately one thousand volunteers from inside and outside the organisation. There are SAFE offices in Christchurch and Auckland, and a further fifteen branches around the country. As a SAFE is a charity entirely dependent on donations, most activities incorporate collections and there is a SAFE street appeal every year in the weekend before Christmas.

SAFE is affiliated with the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, World Animal Protection, Animals Australia, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Compassion in World Farming and the Humane Society of the United States. It also has affiliations to animal rescue groups such as Open Rescue.

SAFE is also non-partisan or cross-partisan. SAFE has received support from Auckland mayor John Banks and Mike King, former politician Tim Barnett, actress Robyn Malcolm and Sue Kedgely from the Green Party. Leading up to the 2008 General Election, SAFE's Animal Welfare Policy Survey 2008 rated the country's political parties' animal welfare policies. SAFE Campaigns Director Hans Kriek declared that "the Green Party was a shining light having by far the best and most comprehensive animal welfare policy of any party in New Zealand". Ratings higher than 0 out of 10 were also given to United Future, the Maori Party and the National Party. This could be construed as an endorsement of the Green Party, or of the National Party above the Labour Party.

Safe (Westlife song)

"Safe" is a song by Irish pop group Westlife from their eleventh and final studio album, Gravity. The pop rock ballad was released as the album's lead and only single on 14 November 2010 in the United Kingdom. It was written by John Shanks and James Grundler, and the single version was produced by Shanks, Richard "Biff" Stannard, and Ash Howes. "Safe" debuted at number four in Ireland, becoming their twenty-fifth top ten single. It charted at number ten in the UK, becoming their second-lowest-charting single to date. The song was featured in the 2010 movie Dolphin Tale starring Morgan Freeman.

Safe (Fringe)

"Safe" is the tenth episode of the first season of the American science fiction drama television series Fringe. It begins when a group uses technology to walk through a bank's wall and steal a safe deposit box. Its contents contain special equipment meant to ultimately break David Robert Jones ( Jared Harris) out of his Frankfurt jail.

The episode was written by co-executive producer David H. Goodman and executive producer Jason Cahill, and was directed by Michael Zinberg. "Safe" featured guest starring performances from Harris, Chance Kelly (as Mitchell Loeb), James Frain (as Salman Kohl), and Michael Cerveris (as the Observer).

The episode first aired in the United States on December 2, 2008 on the Fox network. An estimated 8.54 million viewers watched "Safe", making it Fox's fourth most watched show of the week. It premiered to mostly positive reviews, with some believing it improved the entire season by providing more meaning to previous episode mysteries. IGN ranked it as the seventh best episode of the entire series in 2013.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Safe

Safe \Safe\, n. A place for keeping things in safety. Specifically:

  1. A strong and fireproof receptacle (as a movable chest of steel, etc., or a closet or vault of brickwork) for containing money, valuable papers, or the like.

  2. A ventilated or refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious animals or insects.

Safe

Safe \Safe\, a. [Compar. Safer; superl. Safest.] [OE. sauf, F. sauf, fr. L. salvus, akin to salus health, welfare, safety. Cf. Salute, Salvation, Sage a plant, Save, Salvo an exception.]

  1. Free from harm, injury, or risk; untouched or unthreatened by danger or injury; unharmed; unhurt; secure; whole; as, safe from disease; safe from storms; safe from foes. ``And ye dwelled safe.''
    --1 Sam. xii. 11.

    They escaped all safe to land.
    --Acts xxvii. 44.

    Established in a safe, unenvied throne.
    --Milton.

  2. Conferring safety; securing from harm; not exposing to danger; confining securely; to be relied upon; not dangerous; as, a safe harbor; a safe bridge, etc. ``The man of safe discretion.''
    --Shak.

    The King of heaven hath doomed This place our dungeon, not our safe retreat.
    --Milton.

  3. Incapable of doing harm; no longer dangerous; in secure care or custody; as, the prisoner is safe.

    But Banquo's safe? Ay, my good lord, safe in a ditch he bides.
    --Shak.

    Safe hit (Baseball), a hit which enables the batter to get to first base even if no error is made by the other side.

    safe house, a residence where a person in hiding from the authorities or other persons may stay without being discovered.

    Syn: Secure; unendangered; sure.

Safe

Safe \Safe\, v. t. To render safe; to make right. [Obs.]
--Shak.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

safe

"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.).

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" (cognates: Latin solidus "solid," Sanskrit sarvah "uninjured, intact, whole," Avestan haurva- "uninjured, intact," Old Persian haruva-, Greek holos "whole").\n

\nAs 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.).

WordNet

safe

  1. n. strongbox where valuables can be kept safe

  2. a ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests

  3. contraceptive device consisting of a thin rubber or latex sheath worn over the penis during intercourse [syn: condom, rubber, safety, prophylactic]

safe

  1. adj. free from danger or the risk of harm; "a safe trip"; "you will be safe here"; "a safe place"; "a safe bet" [ant: dangerous]

  2. of an undertaking

  3. having reached a base without being put out; "the runner was called safe when the baseman dropped the ball" [syn: safe(p)] [ant: out(p)]

  4. financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment" [syn: dependable, good, secure]

  5. in safekeeping; "your secret is safe with me"

Wiktionary

safe

a. 1 Not in danger; free from harm's reach. 2 Free from risk; harmless, riskless. n. 1 A box, usually made of metal, in which valuables can be locked for safekeeping. 2 (context slang English) A condom. 3 (context dated English) A ventilated or refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious animals or insects.

Usage examples of "safe".

Here was my wife, who had secretly aided and abetted her son in his design, and been the recipient of his hopes and fears on the subject, turning to me, who had dared to utter a feeble protest or two only to be scoffed at, and summarily sat upon, asking if the game was really safe.

The secrecy surrounding his operations meant that he must keep it aboard, since only in his cabin was the money safe from awkward questions.

Memphis from New Orleans, even the narrow strip on either side swept by their cannon was safe at any point only while they were abreast it.

He remembered Aby living, Aby on Moon, blithe and beautiful, coming down the road in the safe lowlands.

Tronchin would provide could not possibly be as comfortable and as safe as mine, and I entreated her to take it, assuring her that by accepting it she would give me a last proof of her affection.

He would only feel safe if he commanded ultimate power over all of Achar, if he sat the throne itself.

I was too awestruck to know fear, too adulatory in my awe, but I knew the open area of the beach was not safe, and I hurried away from Espinal and the motionless column of blackhearts.

She might be absurdly non-streetwise and hardly safe out on her own, but affectedness and pose-striking were not among her foibles.

She found a patha well-worn path leading from the riverand followed it just out of sight, afoot, leaving Hellsbane tethered in a safe place hidden by the underbrush.

Almost as an afterthought, she opened the safe and withdrew the only existing PLACE documentation.

Walking her mare through the stockade gate, Aganippe found the rammed earth maidan nearly deserted-- only those who cared the most had stayed up to see her safe.

After another few minutes of polite inquiries about Agatine, Orlin, the four boys, the charms of Roseguard and wishes for a safe return journey, Anniyas excused herself to talk with Kanen EHevit.

And to keep safe the werewolf clans of Crimson City, the Grand Dame Alpha would do anything.

If a runner wanted to hide and develop a safe identity, pretending to be a Yale alumnus was a rotten idea, and wearing a Yale ring was a worse idea.

It was his home-from-home, his safe haven, his general amnestic, his painless admission of defeat.