Meaning of “safe” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /seɪf/
Extra Examples
She is there to instruct people in the safe use of the gym equipment.A leading scientist has cast doubts on government claims that the drug is safe.Scientists have declared that this meat is safe to eat.Rail companies have a duty to provide safe transport.There's no need for alarm - it is completely safe.

A2 not dangerous or likely to cause harm:

a safe driver
a safe and cheap source of energy
Air travel is generally quite safe.
We live in a safe neighbourhood.
[ + to do sth ] Is it safe to drink the water here?
→ Opposite unsafe

B1 not harmed or damaged:

She said that all the hostages were safe.
She returned safe and sound (= not harmed in any way).

A1 not in danger or likely to be harmed:

I feel safe when I'm with you.
During the daylight hours we're safe from attack.
safe to say

If it is safe to say something, you are sure it is correct:

I think it's safe to say that he'll be the next president.
a safe place; somewhere safe

a place where something will not be lost or stolen:

It's very valuable so put it somewhere safe.
safely adverb


Make sure you drive safely.
I can safely say (= I am certain) I have never met anyone as rude as him.

(Definition of “safe adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)