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English definition of “safe”

safe

adjective     /seɪf/
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE not involving much risk : His clients were told their money was being invested in safe Government bonds . This is a relatively safe investment when markets are uncertain .be safe to do sth For a while it was considered safe to invest in these " alternative " telecoms stocks .
not causing harm to people : safe working conditions Around 44% of men and 27% of women drank more than the recommended safe level of alcohol . It was important to have a safe place for children to play while their parents shopped .safe for sb The public must have access to the building , but it must also be safe for those who work in it.safe to buy/eat/use People are worried that the meat is not safe to eat .
protected from problems or harm : My manager assured me my job was safe.keep sb safe from sth The operators of the rides must keep customers safe from personal injury .
a safe bet something that involves little risk : Any investment in energy stock looks like a safe bet . something that will probably happen or is probably true : It is a safe bet that if the video game industry had not come along, some of those billions of dollars would have been put into more traditional forms of entertainment .
be on the safe side to be careful and to make a choice that involves little risk : Broadline Bank's spokesperson said that it would not be advertising on the controversial website "just to be on the safe side ".
in safe hands being cared for or dealt with by someone who is skilled and has a lot of experience : The shareholders were reassured that, with the new CEO in place , the company was in safe hands .
it's safe to say (that) used to say that you are confident about what you are going to say: I think it's safe to say we expect the same kind of growth in the next quarter .
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(Definition of safe adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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