synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of safe in English

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From Middle English sauf, safe, saf, saaf, from Old French sauf, saulf, salf (safe), from Latin salvus (whole, safe), from Proto-Italic *salwos, from Proto-Indo-European *solh₂- (whole, every). Displaced native Old English sicor (secure, sure).

  • enPR: sāf, IPA(key): /seɪf/
  • Rhymes: -eɪf
  • Hyphenation: safe

safe (comparative safer or more safe, superlative safest or most safe)

  1. Not in danger; out of harm's reach.
  2. Free from risk.
    Synonyms: riskless, harmless
    Antonyms: harmful, dangerous
  3. Providing protection from danger; providing shelter.
  4. (baseball) When a batter successfully reaches first base, or when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base or returns to the base he last occupied; not out.
  5. (snooker, of an object ball) In a location that renders it difficult to pot.
  6. Properly secured.
    Synonym: secure
    Hyponyms: binary-safe, fail-safe, thread-safe, type-safe
  7. (used after a noun, often forming a compound) Not susceptible to a specified source of harm.
  8. (UK, slang) Great, cool, awesome, respectable; a term of approbation, often as interjection.
    Synonyms: wicked, cool; see also Thesaurus:awesome
  9. (slang) Lenient, usually describing a teacher that is easy-going.
    Synonyms: easy-going, merciful, tolerant, lenient
    Antonyms: strict, harsh, intolerant
  10. Reliable; trusty.
    Synonym: trustworthy
  11. Cautious.
  12. (programming) Of a programming language, type-safe or more generally offering well-defined behavior despite programming errors.
  • unsafe
  • Japanese: セーフ

safe (plural safes)

  1. A box, usually made of metal, in which valuables can be locked for safekeeping.
  2. (slang) A condom.
  3. (dated) A ventilated or refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious animals or insects.
  4. (dated, colloquial) A safety bicycle.
  • (box for storing valuables): coffer, lockbox, strongbox
  • (condom): see also Thesaurus:condom.
  • failsafe
  • Russian: сейф (sejf)
    • Kazakh: сейф (seif)
    • Bulgarian: сейф (sejf)

safe (third-person singular simple present safes, present participle safing, simple past and past participle safed)

  1. (transitive) To make something safe.
  • save
  • safety
  • safe on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • “safe”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • “safe”, in The Century Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
  • “safe”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
  • EFAs, FAEs, faes

English safe, originally borrowed in the context of safe sex (safer Sex, 1980s), later generalized.

  • IPA(key): /sɛɪ̯f/, /seːf/, /zeːf/
  • Declension:
  • IPA(key): /sɛɪ̯fə/

safe (strong nominative masculine singular safer, comparative safer, superlative am safesten)

  1. safe
    Synonym: sicher


  1. (youth slang) definitely, absolutely, sure
    Synonyms: sicher, auf jeden Fall
    "Willst du 'nen Film gucken?" -"Safe!""Wanna watch a movie?" -"Sure!"
    Ich werde es safe vergessen.I'll definitely forget it.
  • Safe
  • “safe”, in Online-Wortschatz-Informationssystem Deutsch (in German), Mannheim: Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache, 2008–
  • IPA(key): /sáː.fé/
    • (Standard Kano Hausa) IPA(key): [sáː.ɸé]


  1. in the morning


  1. Alternative form of sauf


  1. Alternative form of sauf


  1. Alternative form of sauf


  1. (Northern) Alternative form of saven

  • Rhymes: (Brazil) -afi, (Portugal) -afɨ
  • Hyphenation: sa‧fe


  1. inflection of safar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

safe n (plural safeuri)

  1. Alternative form of seif

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