Meaning of SAFE in English

SAFE

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1. not in danger of being killed, harmed, or attacked

2. not in danger of being lost, stolen, or damaged

3. a safe place

4. when something is not likely to cause harm

5. activities or people who make people and places safer

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1. not in danger of being killed, harmed, or attacked

▷ safe /seɪf/ [adjective not before noun]

▪ Do you think she’ll be safe in the house all alone?

▪ As long as we keep to the main road we should be safe.

safe from

▪ The turtles lay their eggs in the damp sand where they are safe from predators.

safe and sound

safe and unharmed, especially after being in danger

▪ The missing children were eventually found at a friend’s house, safe and sound.

▷ safely /ˈseɪfli/ [adverb]

if you do something safely, you succeed in doing it without being killed, harmed, or attacked :

▪ Once we were safely back on shore, we checked the boat for damage.

▪ Most air travellers would be prepared to pay more to be sure of travelling safely.

▷ safety /ˈseɪfti/ [uncountable noun]

when you are safe from danger or harm :

▪ The boy has been missing for six days, and there are fears for his safety.

for somebody’s safety

so that someone is safe

▪ For your own safety, please do not smoke until you are outside the plane.

▪ For the safety of the public, this man must be caught.

in safety

▪ Our planes are regularly serviced, so that passengers can be sure they are travelling in safety.

▷ be out of danger /biː ˌaʊt əv ˈdeɪndʒəʳ/ [verb phrase]

to be safe, after being in a dangerous situation :

▪ Once out of danger, he relaxed. ‘Phew, that could have been nasty’.

▪ Mary raced on, thankful for her escape. Even now, however, she was not out of danger.

▷ secure /sɪˈkjʊəʳ/ [adjective]

feeling safe and free from danger :

▪ The children all slept together in the same bed, snug and secure.

▪ She felt much more secure now that she had put a bolt on the door.

safe and secure

▪ Children need to feel safe and secure about the world they grow up in.

▷ security /sɪˈkjʊ ə rɪti, sɪˈkjʊ ə rəti/ [uncountable noun]

freedom from harm or danger, especially from the danger of being robbed, killed, or attacked :

for somebody’s security

▪ For the security of passengers, all hand baggage is carefully checked.

false sense of security

when you feel safe but in fact you are not

▪ His wide-eyed innocence had lulled me into a false sense of security.

▷ be in good/safe hands /biː ɪn ˌgʊd, ˌseɪf ˈhændz/ [verb phrase]

if someone such as a child or sick person is in good hands, they are safe because doctors or other responsible people are looking after them :

▪ Don’t worry about the children. They’re in safe hands with Monica.

▪ Although Grandad was very ill in hospital, it was a comfort for us to know he was in good hands.

2. not in danger of being lost, stolen, or damaged

▷ safe /seɪf/ [adjective not before noun]

▪ Your money will be safer in the bank.

it is safe to do something

something will be safe if you do it

▪ Would it be safer to park my car in the driveway?

keep something safe

▪ I’m trusting you with these documents, so make sure you keep them safe.

▷ secure /sɪˈkjʊəʳ/ [adjective]

safe, especially from thieves or other criminals :

▪ Make sure the building is completely secure before you leave.

▪ If your password gets known by anyone else, your data may not be secure.

secure from

▪ He kept his savings under his bed, secure from the prying eyes of his roommate.

security [uncountable noun]

▪ The security of the information depends on how many people know the access code.

▷ be as safe as houses /biː əz ˌseɪf əz ˈhaʊzə̇z/ [verb phrase] British

if your money or savings are as safe as houses, they are completely safe :

▪ There’s no financial risk. Your money is as safe as houses with us.

3. a safe place

▷ safe /seɪf/ [adjective]

▪ We want the streets to be safe for our children.

in a safe place

▪ Keep the receipt in a safe place.

from/at a safe distance

far enough away from something dangerous

▪ Mothers held on to their children tightly, letting them watch the fireworks from a safe distance.

(at) a safe distance from something

▪ Hiding in the hedge a safe distance from the truck, she waited for the man to appear.

▷ be out of harm’s way /biː ˌaʊt əv ˌhɑːʳmz ˈweɪ/ [verb phrase]

if someone or something is out of harm’s way, they are in a place where they cannot be hurt or damaged :

▪ She put the glass vases on the top shelf, out of harm’s way.

well out of harm’s way

▪ The device sends the fish to the bottom of the pond, well out of harm’s way.

▷ safety /ˈseɪfti/ [uncountable noun]

a place where you are safe from danger :

reach safety

▪ By the time the men reached safety, they were exhausted and half starved.

the safety of something

▪ She rushed back to the safety of her own house.

carry/lead/take somebody to safety

▪ The firefighters carried the children to safety.

▪ A film cameraman was airlifted to safety yesterday after being trapped inside a volcano for two days.

▷ refuge /ˈrefjuːdʒ/ [countable/uncountable noun]

a place where you can go in order to escape from a dangerous or unpleasant situation :

refuge from

▪ The basement provided us with a refuge from the fighting.

refuge for

▪ The Allies are being asked to provide more refuges for those fleeing the fighting.

place of refuge

▪ Zurich’s importance as a business centre grew, as did its reputation as a place of refuge.

take refuge

go somewhere that is safe

▪ During the flooding, people took refuge in the hills.

seek refuge from something

try to find a safe place, to escape from a dangerous situation

▪ Thousands of families came here seeking refuge from the civil war.

▷ haven /ˈheɪv ə n/ [countable noun]

a peaceful place where people go in order to escape from danger or suffering, and where they feel very safe :

haven for

▪ She finally found a place to escape to, a small haven for herself and her daughter.

▪ The church is a haven of peace in one of London’s busiest areas.

safe haven

a safe place

▪ The massacre took place in what was supposed to be a UN safe haven.

▷ sanctuary /ˈsæŋktʃuəri, -tʃəriǁ-tʃueri/ [countable noun]

a peaceful place that is safe and provides protection, especially for people who are in danger :

▪ I thought of my bedroom as a sanctuary.

▪ The Church should be a sanctuary for the oppressed.

4. when something is not likely to cause harm

▷ safe /seɪf/ [adjective]

a safe activity, journey, way of doing something etc does not involve any danger :

▪ Flying is one of the safest forms of travel.

▪ Bye Sarah, have a safe journey.

▪ the safe disposal of radioactive waste

▪ Dr Williams said the drug would continue to be used because it was safe for most patients.

it is safe to do something

▪ Is it safe to swim in the water here?

safe sex

sex that avoids the risk of disease

▪ Do teenagers know enough about safe sex and contraception?

perfectly safe

used especially to emphasize to someone that something is safe

▪ Our buses have to pass a safety test each year and are perfectly safe.

safely [adverb]

▪ The nuclear waste is safely buried in the deepest part of the ocean.

▷ harmless /ˈhɑːʳmləs/ [adjective]

an animal or chemical that is harmless will not harm or injure anyone, even though it may seem dangerous :

▪ Our dog makes a lot of noise, but he’s perfectly harmless.

▪ We need to persuade parents that almost all vaccines are harmless.

harmless to

▪ Essential oils are harmless to skin, provided they are used correctly.

5. activities or people who make people and places safer

▷ security /sɪˈkjʊ ə rɪti, sɪˈkjʊ ə rəti/ [uncountable noun]

things that are done to make sure that someone does not get attacked or robbed :

▪ They need to improve security here - anyone could just walk in.

▪ Security has been increased at all airports in the wake of the attacks.

security measures/checks/procedures

▪ Strict security measures were in force during the President’s visit.

security guard/man

▪ A uniformed security man met them at the gate.

tight security

very careful security

▪ There is tight security at the airport and all baggage is being searched.

high security

carefully protected or made safe

▪ a high security prison

▷ safety /ˈseɪfti/ [uncountable noun]

ways of preventing dangerous accidents :

▪ Safety needs to be improved on all our railways.

safety measures/checks/precautions

▪ We handle many chemicals that require special safety precautions.

road safety

rules and methods for using roads safely

▪ All children should be taught road safety from an early age.

health and safety

▪ All employees will be issued with a health and safety handbook.

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