safe

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈseɪf/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/seɪf/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(sāf)


Inflections of 'safe' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
safer
adj comparative
safest
adj superlative
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
safe - secure
‘safe’
Safe /seɪf/ as an adjective has two main meanings.
If someone is safe, they are not in danger or cannot be harmed.
We're safe now. They've gone.
Thank goodness the children are safe.
Be careful
When safe is used to describe people, it is never used in front of a noun. Don't say, for example, ‘the safe children’.
You can say that you are safe from something or someone to mean that you cannot be harmed by them.
They want to keep their families safe from crime.
She realised with relief that she was safe from him now.
You can also say that something is safe to mean that it is not dangerous or risky.
Is the water safe to drink?
You should always keep your passport in a safe place.
‘secure’
Something that is secure is protected so that nobody can get into it, steal it, or commit a crime involving it.
The hotel has 24-hour secure parking.
A secure password should contain a mixture of numbers, symbols, and letters.
You can also use secure to talk about a feeling of confidence that something is likely to continue or succeed.
To enjoy life you have to be financially secure.
The new job offered him a more secure future.
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