Meaning of SAFE in English


(~r, ~st, ~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Something that is ~ does not cause physical harm or danger.

Officials arrived to assess whether it is ~ to bring emergency food supplies into the city...

Most foods that we eat are ~ for birds.

...a ~ and reliable birth control option.

? dangerous

ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf


If a person or thing is ~ from something, they cannot be harmed or damaged by it.

In the future people can go to a football match knowing that they are ~ from hooliganism...

ADJ: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ from n


If you are ~, you have not been harmed, or you are not in danger of being harmed.

Where is Sophy? Is she ~?...

ADJ: v-link ADJ


All 140 guests were brought out of the building ~ly by firemen.

ADV: ADV with v


A ~ place is one where it is unlikely that any harm, damage, or unpleasant things will happen to the people or things that are there.

Many refugees have fled to ~r areas...



The banker keeps the money tucked ~ly under his bed.

ADV: ADV after v


If people or things have a ~ journey, they reach their destination without harm, damage, or unpleasant things happening to them.

...the UN plan to deploy 500 troops to ensure the ~ delivery of food and other supplies.



The space shuttle returned ~ly today from a 10-day mission...

ADV: ADV with v, ADV adv


If you are at a ~ distance from something or someone, you are far enough away from them to avoid any danger, harm, or unpleasant effects.

I shall conceal myself at a ~ distance from the battlefield...



If something you have or expect to obtain is ~, you cannot lose it or be prevented from having it.

We as consumers need to feel confident that our jobs are ~ before we will spend spare cash...

= secure

ADJ: usu v-link ADJ


A ~ course of action is one in which there is very little risk of loss or failure.

Electricity shares are still a ~ investment...

ADJ: usu ADJ n, also it v-link ADJ to-inf


We reveal only as much information as we can ~ly risk at a given time.

ADV: usu ADV before v


If you disapprove of something because you think it is not very exciting or original, you can describe it as ~.

...frustrated artists who became lawyers at an early age because it seemed a ~ option...

Rock’n’roll has become so commercialised and ~ since punk.

ADJ disapproval


If it is ~ to say or assume something, you can say it with very little risk of being wrong.

I think it is ~ to say that very few students expend the effort to do quality work in school...

ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf


I think you can ~ly say she will not be appearing in another of my films.

ADV: ADV before v


A ~ is a strong metal cupboard with special locks, in which you keep money, jewellery, or other valuable things.

The files are now in a ~ to which only he has the key.



see also ~ly


If you say that a person or thing is in ~ hands, or is ~ in someone’s hands, you mean that they are being looked after by a reliable person and will not be harmed.

I had a huge responsibility to ensure these packets remained in ~ hands...

PHRASE: usu v-link PHR


If you play ~ or play it ~, you do not take any risks.

If you want to play ~, cut down on the amount of salt you eat...

PHRASE: V inflects


If you say you are doing something to be on the ~ side, you mean that you are doing it in case something undesirable happens, even though this may be unnecessary.

You might still want to go for an X-ray, however, just to be on the ~ side.

PHRASE: PHR with cl


If you say ‘it’s better to be ~ than sorry’, you are advising someone to take action in order to avoid possible unpleasant consequences later, even if this seems unnecessary.

Don’t be afraid to have this checked by a doctor–better ~ than sorry!



You say that someone is ~ and sound when they are still alive or unharmed after being in danger.

All I’m hoping for is that wherever Trevor is he will come home ~ and sound.

PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR


a ~ pair of hands: see pair

~ in the knowledge: see knowledge

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