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adjective safe pronunciation in British English /seɪf/
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  1. 1
    [never before noun] protected from being hurt, damaged, lost, stolen etc
    Will my car be safe if I park it in 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 neighbourhood.
      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
    Travelling by plane 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. 4
    something that is safe does not involve a lot of risk
    Government bonds are a very safe investment.
  5. 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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