1 /seIf/ adjective
1 NOT CAUSING HARM not likely to cause any physical injury or harm: Flying is one of the safest forms of travel. | the safe disposal of radioactive waste | Don't go too near the edge - it isn't safe. | it is safe to do sth: Is it safe to swim here?
(+ for): Parents want play-areas that are safe for their children.
2 NOT IN DANGER (not before noun) not in danger of being lost, harmed, or stolen: Will you feel safe in the house on your own?
(+ from): We were safe from attack in the shelter. | keep sth safe: I'm trusting you with these documents - so make sure you keep them safe. | safe and sound (=unharmed, especially after being in danger): The missing children were found safe and sound.
3 PLACE a safe place is one where something is not likely to be stolen or lost: Keep the receipt in a safe place.
4 safe journey/arrival/return etc a journey etc that ends safely: They prayed for their father's safe return. | safe journey spoken (=what you say to someone when they start a long journey)
5 NO RISK not involving any risk and very likely to succeed: a safe investment | a safe method of contraception | (as) safe as houses (=completely safe)
6 SUBJECT a subject of conversation that is safe is not likely to upset anyone or make people argue: I kept to safe subjects, like the weather.
7 better (to be) safe than sorry spoken used to say that it is better to be careful now, even if this takes time, effort etc, so that nothing bad will happen later: I've checked all the safety harnesses - better safe than sorry!
8 to be on the safe side spoken to do something especially carefully in order to avoid an unpleasant situation: I'd take an umbrella, just to be on the safe side.
9 be in safe hands to be with someone who will look after you very well: I needed to know my kids were in safe hands.
10 a safe pair of hands someone you can trust to do a difficult job without making mistakes
— safely adverb: Drive safely! | I think we can safely assume that she will pass the exam. —see also: play it safe play 1 (11), a safe bet/a sure bet (that) bet 2 (6), safe seat seat 1 (5) 2 noun (C) a strong metal box or cupboard with special locks where you keep money and valuable things

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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