Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

safe - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective safe pronunciation in American English /seɪf/
Word Forms
Close
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.
    Synonyms and related words
    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.
      Synonyms and related words
  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?
    Synonyms and related words
  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. 4
    something that is safe does not involve a lot of risk
    Government bonds are a very safe investment.
    Synonyms and related words
  5. 5
    not likely to upset people or to cause disagreement
    Don’t mention the election to him; it’s not a safe subject.
    Synonyms and related words

phrases

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

animated

lively or active

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog