safe Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “safe” in the English Dictionary

"safe" in British English

See all translations

safeadjective

uk   us   /seɪf/

safe adjective (NOT IN DANGER)

A1 not in ​danger or ​likely to be ​harmed: In some ​cities you don't feel safe going out ​alone at ​night.B1 not ​harmed or ​damaged: She said that all the ​hostages were safe.safe and sound C2 completely safe and without ​injury or ​damage: After three ​dayslost in the ​mountains, all the ​climbersarrivedhome safe and ​sound.
More examples

safe adjective (NOT CAUSING HARM)

A2 not ​dangerous or ​likely to ​causeharm: a safe ​playarea for ​children a safe ​driver That ​ladder doesn't ​look safe. She ​wished us a safe ​journey. Is this ​medicine safe forchildren? It's safe tocross the ​road now.

safe adjective (PLACE)

C1 (of a ​place) where something is not ​likely to be ​lost or ​stolen: Keep ​yourpassport in a safe ​place.

safe adjective (NO RISK)

C1 used to refer to things that do not ​involve any ​risk: I ​think we should go for the safest ​option (= the one that ​involves the least ​risks). He never ​remembers my ​birthday, so it's a safe bet (= I am ​certain) he'll ​forget again this ​time!

safe adjective (PARLIAMENT)

If an ​officialelectedposition in is safe, it is ​likely to be ​won by the ​politicalparty that has ​won it at ​previouselections: a safe ​Conservative seat
safeness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈseɪf.nəs/
I'm a little ​worried about the safeness of this ​machine for (= whether this ​machine will ​cause any ​danger to)children.

safenoun [C]

uk   us   /seɪf/
a ​strongbox or ​cupboard with ​speciallocks where ​valuable things, ​especiallymoney or jewels (= ​preciousstones), are ​kept: Thieves broke into/​cracked (= ​opened by ​force) the safe and ​stole everything in it.
(Definition of safe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"safe" in American English

See all translations

safeadjective

 us   /seɪf/

safe adjective (FREE FROM DANGER)

free from ​danger or ​harm, or not causing ​danger or ​harm: Have a safe ​trip. Is this ​medicine safe for ​children? I ​feel safe here. Safe also ​means not ​involving any ​risk or ​disagreement: She’s ​looking for some safer investments. [+ to infinitive] With most of the ​votescounted now, I ​think it’s safe to say that we ​won.

safe adjective (BASEBALL)

[not gradable] (of a ​player in the ​game of ​baseball) having ​successfullyreached a base

safenoun [C]

 us   /seɪf/

safe noun [C] (BOX)

a ​strongbox, usually made of ​steel, with a ​door and ​lock, where ​valuable things, esp. ​money or ​jewels, can be ​kept
(Definition of safe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"safe" in Business English

See all translations

safeadjective

uk   us   /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" ​telecomsstocks.
not causing ​harm to ​people: safe ​workingconditions 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 ​parentsshopped.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 ​managerassured me my ​job was safe.keep sb safe from sth The ​operators of the ​rides must ​keepcustomers safe from ​personalinjury.
a safe bet something that involves little ​risk: Any ​investment in ​energystock looks like a safe ​bet. something that will probably ​happen or is probably ​true: It is a safe ​bet that if the ​videogameindustry 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.
See also

safenoun [C]

uk   us   /seɪf/
a ​strongbox or ​room that can be locked, used for ​storingmoney or ​valuable things: Was the safe locked? a ​fireproof safe with a ​securecombinationlockput/keep sth in a safe The café ​manager put the ​money in the safe.
See also
(Definition of safe from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of safe?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“safe” in Business English

Word of the Day

golden

made of gold

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More