/sayf/, adj., safer, safest, n.adj.1. secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk: a safe place.2. free from hurt, injury, danger, or risk: to arrive safe and sound.3. involving little or no risk of mishap, error, etc.: a safe estimate.4. dependable or trustworthy: a safe guide.5. careful to avoid danger or controversy: a safe player; a safe play.6. denied the chance to do harm; in secure custody: a criminal safe in jail.7. Baseball.a. reaching base without being put out: safe on the throw to first base.b. making it possible to reach a base: a safe slide.n.8. a steel or iron box or repository for money, jewels, papers, etc.9. any receptacle or structure for the storage or preservation of articles: a meat safe.10. (in plumbing)a. a pan for catching leakage.b. template (def. 7).11. Slang. a condom.[1250-1300; (adj.) ME sauf, saf < AF saf, OF sauf < L salvus intact, whole; (n.) late ME save, orig. deriv. of SAVE1, assimilated to the adj.; cf. SALVATION]Syn. 1. protected, sound, guarded. SAFE, SECURE may both imply that something can be regarded as free from danger. These words are frequently interchangeable. SAFE, however, is applied rather to a person or thing that is out of or has passed beyond the reach of danger: The ship is safe in port. SECURE is applied to that about which there is no need to fear or worry: to feel secure about the future; The foundation of the house does not seem very secure. 4. sure, reliable. 5. wary, careful. 8. strongbox, coffer, chest, safe-deposit box.
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