safe Definition

  • 1protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost
  • 2a strong fireproof cabinet with a complex lock, used for the storage of valuables

Using safe: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "safe" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It's safe to walk home alone at night in this neighborhood.

  • Example

    The money is safe in the vault.

  • Example

    Make sure the children are safe before leaving.

  • Example

    The medicine is safe for most people to take.

safe Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for safe

Antonyms for safe

Phrases with safe

  • play it safe

    to take a cautious approach to avoid risks or danger


    I'm going to play it safe and wear a helmet while riding my bike.

  • safe and sound

    unharmed and without injury or damage


    After the storm passed, we were relieved to find our house still standing and our family safe and sound.

  • it's better to be cautious and take preventative measures than to regret not doing so later


    I always bring an umbrella with me, even if the forecast says it won't rain. Better safe than sorry!

Origins of safe

from Old High German 'sicher', meaning 'secure'


Summary: safe in Brief

The term 'safe' [seɪf] refers to being protected from danger or risk, not likely to be harmed or lost. It can describe a physical state, such as 'The money is safe in the vault,' or a personal one, like 'It's safe to walk home alone at night in this neighborhood.' Common phrases include 'play it safe,' meaning to take a cautious approach, and 'better safe than sorry,' emphasizing the importance of prevention.

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