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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: sauveté, from sauf; SAFE1

safety

noun
     
Related topics: American Football
safe‧ty S3 W2 plural safeties
1

not in danger

[uncountable] when someone or something is safe from danger or harm
safety of
measures to improve the health and safety of employees
in safety
We were able to watch the lions in complete safety.
for safety
For safety, always climb with a partner.
You shouldn't travel alone, for safety's sake (=in order to be safe).
For your own safety, please do not smoke inside the plane.
2

harmful/not harmful

[uncountable] how safe something is to use, do etc
safety of
Campaigners have challenged the safety of genetically-modified foods.
safety standards/regulations/precautions etc (=things that are done in order to make sure that something is safe)
The device meets safety standards.
Lower speed limits are part of a new road safety campaign.
3

somebody's safety

how safe someone is in a particular situation:
The boy had been missing for five days and there were fears for his safety.
4

safe place

[uncountable] a place where you are safe from danger
safety of
30,000 people fled to the safety of the capital.
get/lead/drag etc somebody to safety
Firefighters led the children to safety.
They reached safety seconds before the bomb went off.
5

there is safety in numbers

used to say that it is safer to be in a group than alone
6

sport

[countable]DSA a way of getting two points in American football by making the other team put the ball down in its own goal
7

gun

[countable] American English a lock on a gun that stops anyone from shooting it by accident [= safety catch British English]
8

safety harness/helmet/glasses etc

equipment etc that keeps you safe when you are doing something dangerous

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