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adjective safe pronunciation in American English /seɪf/ 
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adjectivesafe
comparativesafer
superlativesafest
  1. 1
    [never before noun] protected from being hurt, damaged, lost, stolen, etc.

    Will my car be safe if I park it on the street?

    safe from:

    It's difficult to make airports safe from terrorist attacks.

    keep something safe:

    Make sure to keep your credit card safe.

    1. a.
      used about places and situations where you are protected from danger

      We live in a very safe neighborhood.

      a safe environment for children

      a safe distance:

      We admired the bear and her cub from a safe distance.

  2. 2
    not likely to cause damage, injury, or harm

    Traveling by airplane is much safer than driving your own car.

    The area behind the fence is not considered to be safe.

    Is the ride safe enough for a 5-year-old?

  3. 3
    not damaged, hurt, or lost

    Rescuers found the children safe but scared inside the house.

    safe and sound (=not damaged or harmed at all):

    Everyone arrived safe and sound.

    safe return/arrival:

    They are demanding the release and safe return of the hostages.

  4. 5
    not likely to upset people or to cause disagreement

    Don't mention the election to him; it's not a safe subject.

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