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Safe appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Race fast, safe car.
  • A Toyota! Race fast… safe car: a Toyota.
  • Go Bill: it's "sip it safe, fast--I piss 'till I bog."
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun safe:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective safe:


Safe is sometimes a misspelling of save or surface.

The word safe is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun safe

What does safe mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: safes

  1. strongbox where valuables can be safely kept
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: deedbox / strongbox = a strongly made box for holding money or valuables
  2. a ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: closet / cupboard = a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
    • more specific term: meat safe = a safe for storing meat
  3. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

Definition of the adjective safe

What does safe mean as an attribute of a noun?

Safe is one of the top 100 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: safer | safest

  1. free from danger or the risk of harm
  2. (of an undertaking) secure from risk
  3. having reached a base without being put out
    • example: the runner was called safe when the baseman dropped the ball
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • domain: ball / baseball / baseball game
    • antonym: out
  4. financially safe

Alternative definition of the adjective safe


  1. Not in danger; free from harm's reach.
  2. Free from risk; harmless, riskless.
  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. Properly secured; secure.
  6. [context: used after a noun, often, forming a compound] Not in danger from the specified source of harm.
  7. [UK, slang] Great, cool, awesome, respectable; [a term of approbation.]

Specialised definition of the adjective safe

Glossary of sports / baseball

if a player is safe, he has reached base before being thrown out by the fielding side (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Safe" is a 1995 British/American drama film written and directed by Todd Haynes, and produced by Christine Vachon. It was voted the best film of the 1990s in the 1999 Village Voice Film Poll.
  2. "Safe" is a 2011 film directed by Boaz Yakin.
  3. "Safe" is a 2012 short film drama written and directed by Pierce Harvell.
  4. "Safe" is a 2013 short action drama thriller film written and directed by Moon Byoung-Gon.
  5. "Safe" is a 2013 short drama film written by Heather Manley and directed by Steven Lesser.
  6. "Safe" is a film.


  1. "Safe" is a song by Irish pop group Westlife from their eleventh and final studio album, Gravity. The pop rock ballad was released as the album's lead and only single on 14 November 2010 in the United Kingdom. It was written by John Shanks and James Grundler, and the single version was produced by Shanks, Richard "Biff" Stannard, and Ash Howes. "Safe" debuted at number four in Ireland, becoming their twenty-fifth top ten single. It charted at number ten in the UK, becoming their second-lowest-charting single to date. The song was featured in the 2010 movie Dolphin Tale.
  2. "Safe" is a musical album of Collage.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  3. "Safe" is the second EP by Kittie, a Canadian metal all-women band from London, Ontario. It was released in 2002. It is dedicated "In Loving Memory of Dave Williams". The EP sold 25,000 units in the US. It received very little promotion only appearing on 2 major Metal/Rock magazines.
  4. "Safe" is a musical album of Dan Bull.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  5. "Safe" is a musical album of Ed Tomney, soundtrack.
    • also known as Safe Soundtrack
    • released on (20 years ago)
  6. "Safe" is a 2010 single album by Westlife.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  7. "Safe" is a musical album of Manticora.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  8. "Safe" is a musical single of Will Sid Smith.
    • released on
  9. "Safe" is a composition.
  10. "Safe" is a musical single of Dead Hand Projekt.
    • released on
  11. "Safe" is a musical album of Helen Jayne.
    • released on (20 years ago)
  12. "Safe" is a musical album of Raz Mesinai.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  13. "Safe" is a composition.


  1. Safe: A safe is a secure lockable box used for securing valuable objects against theft and/or damage from fire. A safe is usually a hollow cuboid or cylinder, with one face being removable or hinged to form a door. The body and door may be cast from metal or formed out of plastic through blow molding. Bank teller safes typically are secured to the counter, have a slit opening for dropping valuables into the safe without opening it, and a time-delay combination lock to foil robbers. One significant distinction between types of safes is whether the safe is secured to a wall or structure or if it can be moved around. A less secure version is usually called a cash-box.
  2. SAFE: The South Africa Far East cable is an optical fiber submarine communications cable linking Melkbosstrand, South Africa to Penang, Malaysia.
  3. SAFE is a New Zealand animal rights advocacy group. The group's purpose is to oppose practices of perceived unnecessary animal exploitation and experimentation. SAFE actively campaigns against current intensive pig and chicken farming practices. SAFE is also opposed to duck shooting, live sheep exports, genetically engineering animals and vivisection on beagles and other animals.
  4. Safe: In baseball, a baserunner is safe when he reaches a base without being put out by various ways. While a runner is touching a base, he is usually not in jeopardy of being put out, and is thus "safe" from fielders' actions. The runner is in jeopardy once again, negating this safety, when he ceases touching the base, when forced on a force play, or when the runner commits interference.
  5. Safe is the first single by American Christian and gospel singer Phil Wickham from his third studio album Heaven & Earth, which features MercyMe’s frontman Bart Millard. The single has made it into the top 20 on Billboard’s Christian AC and Soft AC/Inspirational charts and reached #4 on the Billboard's Christian songs chart on January 3.
  6. Safe is a school, educational institution.

Phrases with Safe

Phrases starting with the word Safe:

  1. safe sex
  2. Safe area
  3. Safe mode
  4. Safe Room
  5. Safe seat
  6. Safe Haven
  7. safe house
  8. safe harbor
  9. safe period
  10. Safe Conduct
  11. safe-conduct
  12. safe-deposit

Phrases ending with the word Safe:

  1. -SAFE
  2. Pie safe
  3. fail-safe
  4. meat safe
  5. Tape Safe
  6. Type-Safe
  7. Work-Safe
  8. Play it Safe

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Safe

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Google previewTaking A Chance (2013)

by Kelly Eileen Hake

Being safe means staying away from men.

Google previewReading The Easy Way (2015)

by Salman Elawad

Being safe means not being afraid that someone will try to harm you. Your job is to speak up if someone is saying or doing something that is harmful to you – and to get help from the adults in charge if that doesn't work. We also expect you to ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

Safe, sāf, adj. unharmed: free from danger or injury: secure: securingfrom dangerorinjury: no longer dangerous: clear: trusty: sound: certain.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

SAFE. adj. [sauf French; salvus, Latin.] 5. Free from danger.— Our separated fortune Shall keep us both the safer. Shak. Macbeth.

Google previewDictionary of Genocide: A-L (2008)

by Samuel Totten, Paul Robert Bartrop

Safe areas are locations cordoned off where conflict is either imminent or under way between two or more groups and where...

Generally, safe areas have been established by the United Nations or interventionists such as NATO, or individual ...

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Quotes about Safe

God keeps those safe who keep themselves safe.
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Scrabble value of S1A1F4E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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