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Meaning of “safe” in the English Dictionary

"safe" in British English

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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.

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  • 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!
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/
(Definition of safe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"safe" in American English

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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

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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.
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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.
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(Definition of safe from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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