Meaning of SAFETY in English

/ ˈseɪfti; NAmE / noun ( pl. -ies )


[ U ] the state of being safe and protected from danger or harm :

a place where children can play in safety

The police are concerned for the safety of the 12-year-old boy who has been missing for three days.

He was kept in custody for his own safety .


[ U ] the state of not being dangerous :

I'm worried about the safety of the treatment.

safety standards

a local campaign to improve road safety

The airline has an excellent safety record .


[ U ] a place where you are safe :

I managed to swim to safety .

We watched the lions from the safety of the car.

They reached safety seconds before the building was engulfed in flames.


[ C ] ( NAmE ) = safety catch


[ C ] ( NAmE ) (in American football ) a defending player who plays in a position far away from the other team


- safety first

- there's safety in numbers



Middle English : from Old French sauvete , from medieval Latin salvitas , from Latin salvus safe.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.