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safe

  
  ( safer    comparative)   ( safest    superlative)   ( safes    plural  )
1       adj   Something that is safe does not cause physical harm or danger.  
oft it v-link ADJ to-inf     (Antonym: dangerous)    Officials arrived to assess whether it is safe to bring emergency food supplies into the city..., Most foods that we eat are safe for birds., ...a safe and reliable birth control option.     
2       adj   If a person or thing is safefrom something, they cannot be harmed or damaged by it.  
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ from n  
In the future people can go to a football match knowing that they are safe from hooliganism...     
3       adj   If you are safe, you have not been harmed, or you are not in danger of being harmed.  
v-link ADJ  
Where is Sophy? Is she safe?...     
  safely      adv   ADV with v  
All 140 guests were brought out of the building safely by firemen.     
4       adj   A safe place is one where it is unlikely that any harm, damage, or unpleasant things will happen to the people or things that are there.  
Many refugees have fled to safer areas...     
  safely      adv   ADV after v  
The banker keeps the money tucked safely under his bed.     
5       adj   If people or things have a safe journey, they reach their destination without harm, damage, or unpleasant things happening to them.  
ADJ n  
...the UN plan to deploy 500 troops to ensure the safe delivery of food and other supplies.     
  safely      adv   ADV with v, ADV adv  
The space shuttle returned safely today from a 10-day mission...     
6       adj   If you are at a safe distance from something or someone, you are far enough away from them to avoid any danger, harm, or unpleasant effects.  
ADJ n  
I shall conceal myself at a safe distance from the battlefield...     
7       adj   If something you have or expect to obtain is safe, you cannot lose it or be prevented from having it.  
usu v-link ADJ   (=secure)  
We as consumers need to feel confident that our jobs are safe before we will spend spare cash...     
8       adj   A safe course of action is one in which there is very little risk of loss or failure.  
usu ADJ n, also it v-link ADJ to-inf  
Electricity shares are still a safe investment...     
  safely      adv   usu ADV before v  
We reveal only as much information as we can safely risk at a given time.     
9       adj   If you disapprove of something because you think it is not very exciting or original, you can describe it as safe.,   (disapproval)    ...frustrated artists who became lawyers at an early age because it seemed a safe option..., Rock'n'roll has become so commercialised and safe since punk.     
10       adj   If it issafeto say or assume something, you can say it with very little risk of being wrong.  
oft it v-link ADJ to-inf  
I think it is safe to say that very few students expend the effort to do quality work in school...     
  safely      adv   ADV before v  
I think you can safely say she will not be appearing in another of my films.     
11       n-count   A safe is a strong metal cupboard with special locks, in which you keep money, jewellery, or other valuable things.  
The files are now in a safe to which only he has the key.     
12   
    safely  
13    If you say that a person or thing is in safe hands, or is safe in someone's hands, you mean that they are being looked after by a reliable person and will not be harmed.  
in safe hands / safe in someone's hands             phrase   usu v-link PHR  
I had a huge responsibility to ensure these packets remained in safe hands...     
14    If you play safe or play it safe, you do not take any risks.  
play safe/play it safe      phrase   V inflects  
If you want to play safe, cut down on the amount of salt you eat...     
15    If you say you are doing something to be on the safe side, you mean that you are doing it in case something undesirable happens, even though this may be unnecessary.  
to be on the safe side      phrase   PHR with cl  
You might still want to go for an X-ray, however, just to be on the safe side.     
16    If you say `it's better to be safe than sorry', you are advising someone to take action in order to avoid possible unpleasant consequences later, even if this seems unnecessary.  
it's better to be safe than sorry      phrase  
Don't be afraid to have this checked by a doctor<endash>better safe than sorry!     
17    You say that someone is safe and sound when they are still alive or unharmed after being in danger.  
safe and sound      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR  
All I'm hoping for is that wherever Trevor is he will come home safe and sound.     
18   
    a safe pair of hands  
    pair  
    safe in the knowledge  
    knowledge  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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safe     ( safer    comparative)   ( safest    superlative)   ( safes    plural  )
1       adj   Something that is safe does not cause physical harm or danger.  
oft it v-link ADJ to-inf     (Antonym: dangerous)    Officials arrived to assess whether it is safe to bring emergency food supplies into the city..., Most foods that we eat are safe for birds., ...a safe and reliable birth control option.     
2       adj   If a person or thing is safefrom something, they cannot be harmed or damaged by it.  
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ from n  
In the future people can go to a football match knowing that they are safe from hooliganism...     
3       adj   If you are safe, you have not been harmed, or you are not in danger of being harmed.  
v-link ADJ  
Where is Sophy? Is she safe?...     
  safely      adv   ADV with v  
All 140 guests were brought out of the building safely by firemen.     
4       adj   A safe place is one where it is unlikely that any harm, damage, or unpleasant things will happen to the people or things that are there.  
Many refugees have fled to safer areas...     
  safely      adv   ADV after v  
The banker keeps the money tucked safely under his bed.     
5       adj   If people or things have a safe journey, they reach their destination without harm, damage, or unpleasant things happening to them.  
ADJ n  
...the UN plan to deploy 500 troops to ensure the safe delivery of food and other supplies.     
  safely      adv   ADV with v, ADV adv  
The space shuttle returned safely today from a 10-day mission...     
6       adj   If you are at a safe distance from something or someone, you are far enough away from them to avoid any danger, harm, or unpleasant effects.  
ADJ n  
I shall conceal myself at a safe distance from the battlefield...     
7       adj   If something you have or expect to obtain is safe, you cannot lose it or be prevented from having it.  
usu v-link ADJ   (=secure)  
We as consumers need to feel confident that our jobs are safe before we will spend spare cash...     
8       adj   A safe course of action is one in which there is very little risk of loss or failure.  
usu ADJ n, also it v-link ADJ to-inf  
Electricity shares are still a safe investment...     
  safely      adv   usu ADV before v  
We reveal only as much information as we can safely risk at a given time.     
9       adj   If you disapprove of something because you think it is not very exciting or original, you can describe it as safe.,   (disapproval)    ...frustrated artists who became lawyers at an early age because it seemed a safe option..., Rock'n'roll has become so commercialised and safe since punk.     
10       adj   If it issafeto say or assume something, you can say it with very little risk of being wrong.  
oft it v-link ADJ to-inf  
I think it is safe to say that very few students expend the effort to do quality work in school...     
  safely      adv   ADV before v  
I think you can safely say she will not be appearing in another of my films.     
11       n-count   A safe is a strong metal cupboard with special locks, in which you keep money, jewellery, or other valuable things.  
The files are now in a safe to which only he has the key.     
12   
    safely  
13    If you say that a person or thing is in safe hands, or is safe in someone's hands, you mean that they are being looked after by a reliable person and will not be harmed.  
in safe hands / safe in someone's hands      phrase   usu v-link PHR  
I had a huge responsibility to ensure these packets remained in safe hands...     
14    If you play safe or play it safe, you do not take any risks.  
play safe/play it safe      phrase   V inflects  
If you want to play safe, cut down on the amount of salt you eat...     
15    If you say you are doing something to be on the safe side, you mean that you are doing it in case something undesirable happens, even though this may be unnecessary.  
to be on the safe side      phrase   PHR with cl  
You might still want to go for an X-ray, however, just to be on the safe side.     
16    If you say `it's better to be safe than sorry', you are advising someone to take action in order to avoid possible unpleasant consequences later, even if this seems unnecessary.  
it's better to be safe than sorry      phrase  
Don't be afraid to have this checked by a doctor<endash>better safe than sorry!     
17    You say that someone is safe and sound when they are still alive or unharmed after being in danger.  
safe and sound      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR  
All I'm hoping for is that wherever Trevor is he will come home safe and sound.     
18   
    a safe pair of hands  
    pair  
    safe in the knowledge  
    knowledge  


fail-safe      , failsafe  
Something that is fail-safe is designed or made in such a way that nothing dangerous can happen if a part of it goes wrong.      adj   usu ADJ n  
The camera has a built-in failsafe device which prevents it from working if the right signals aren't received.     
safe area        ( safe areas    plural  ) If part of a country that is involved in a war is declared to be a safe area, neutral forces will try to keep peace there so that it is safe for people.      n-count  
The UN declared it a safe area.     
safe conduct      , safe-conduct  
If you are given safe conduct, the authorities officially allow you to travel somewhere, guaranteeing that you will not be arrested or harmed while doing so.      n-uncount   also a N  
Her family was given safe conduct to Britain when civil war broke out.     
safe deposit box        ( safe deposit boxes    plural  ) A safe deposit box is a small box, usually kept in a special room in a bank, in which you can store valuable objects.      n-count  
safe haven        ( safe havens    plural  )
1       n-count   If part of a country is declared a safe haven, people who need to escape from a dangerous situation such as a war can go there and be protected.  
Countries overwhelmed by the human tide of refugees want safe havens set up at once.     
2       n-uncount   If a country provides safe haven for people from another country who have been in danger, it allows them to stay there under its official protection.  
  (AM)   (=asylum)  
Some Democrats support granting the Haitians temporary safe haven in the US.     
3       n-count   A safe haven is a place, a situation, or an activity which provides people with an opportunity to escape from things that they find unpleasant or worrying.  
usu sing, oft N from n  
...the idea of the family as a safe haven from the brutal outside world.     
safe house        ( safe houses    plural  ) , safe-house   You can refer to a building as a safe house when it is used as a place where someone can stay and be protected. Safe houses are often used by spies, criminals, or the police.      n-count  
...a farm which operates as a safe house for criminals on the run.     
safe passage     
If someone is given safe passage, they are allowed to go somewhere safely, without being attacked or arrested.      n-uncount   also a N, oft N for/to n  
They were unwilling, or unable, to guarantee safe passage from the city to the aircraft...     
safe seat        ( safe seats    plural  ) In politics, a safe seat is an area in which the candidate from one particular party nearly always wins by a large number of votes.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
The constituency I live in is a safe Labour seat.     
safe sex      , safer sex  
Safe sex is sexual activity in which people protect themselves against the risk of AIDS and other diseases, usually by using condoms.      n-uncount  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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safe

  

      adj  
1    all right, free from harm, impregnable, in safe hands, in safety, intact, O.K. or okay     (informal)   out of danger, out of harm's way, out of the woods, protected, safe and sound, secure, undamaged, unharmed, unhurt, unscathed  
2    harmless, innocuous, nonpoisonous, nontoxic, pure, tame, unpolluted, wholesome  
3    cautious, circumspect, conservative, dependable, discreet, on the safe side, prudent, realistic, reliable, sure, tried and true, trustworthy, unadventurous  
4    certain, impregnable, risk-free, riskless, secure, sound  
      n  
5    coffer, deposit box, repository, safe-deposit box, strongbox, vault  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    at risk, damaged, endangered, imperilled, insecure, jeopardized, put at risk, put in danger, threatened  
2    baneful, dangerous, harmful, hazardous, hurtful, injurious, noxious, pernicious, unsafe  
3    imprudent, incautious, reckless, risky, unsafe  


safe-conduct     
authorization, licence, pass, passport, permit, safeguard, warrant  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
o.
Cyber Legacy Locker is the safe and secure way to pass encrypted access key of online accounts to authorized assignee.
[Leg.];[Tech.] passing access key of online account to friends or love ones
v.
avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe
v.
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
n.
A specific technical worksheet tool with performer's requirements. Excellent start of negotiations between performers, managers and contractors. (These requirements might include sound and light conditions for the show, food lodging and transportation of artistic talents)
n.
a sound (usually a song, jingle) that one hears mentally for a certain period of time
n.
Bookish knowledge; knowledge obtained through hearsay, has no sound basis
v.
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
[Slang]
o.
word used to describe the sound made by the wheels of a train
by extension, it can be applied to other rhythmic similar sounds (for example, the sound of a clock or of a typing machine)
exp.
it sounds interesting or attractive
exp.
(lit., about sounds) disharmonious, dissonant; (fig.) out of order; dysfunctional

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