Definition of safely in US English:

safely

adverb

  • 1In a way that gives protection from danger or risk.

    ‘there is a memento she keeps safely stored away’
    ‘the tender plants are safely tucked up for the winter’
    ‘she wants to invest safely but strategically’
    • ‘I would hate for them to get all torn up so I think for now they will stay safely packed away.’
    • ‘After you have safely wrapped all disconnected light-fixture wires, you can turn the electricity back on.’
    • ‘You need to check this record is correct, and keep it safely with your green enrolment form.’
    • ‘It is safely installed in its case and ready for viewing during the evening's opening reception.’
    • ‘He is safely enmeshed in the webs of scholarship.’
    • ‘We can safely put money on him to repeat his pre-match talk during the half-time as well.’
    • ‘A silver chest was placed in her room and the magic cloak safely locked therein.’
    • ‘He was, at that moment, safely entrapped in the living room.’
    • ‘The lions were safely contained within the zoological gardens nearby.’
    • ‘I think about my sixth-grade year spent safely ensconced in a lovely elementary school.’
  • 2In a way that is not likely to cause or lead to harm or injury.

    ‘all of us have a responsibility to drive safely’
    ‘a time when children could play safely on the streets’
    • ‘The plane's five crew remained on board to help passengers escape safely.’
    • ‘Pupils are taught to use materials and tools safely.’
    • ‘He joined nine others on a pioneering course to teach them how to climb safely during rescues.’
    • ‘We evacuated a number of houses within 25 metres of the premises, which allowed the squad to safely burn the substances.’
    • ‘Now they can't safely enter the town even in armoured vehicles.’
    • ‘There is almost nowhere in there where they can safely walk without fear of being shot.’
    • ‘The aim of the content is to raise awareness and provide extensive information about how to go out clubbing and partying safely.’
    • ‘The skate park would enable them to safely practise flips and spins without antagonising pedestrians or motorists.’
    • ‘Join an online dating community where they claim you can safely meet and chat with a variety of individuals.’
    • ‘Historical highlights are the old railway viaducts and an old railway tunnel which you can safely ride into.’
  • 3With confidence through being based on good reasons or evidence.

    ‘we can safely say that things are improving’
    ‘you can safely assume I'm not going to resign’
    ‘you can safely ignore that advice’
    • ‘May I then safely disregard your views?’
    • ‘With that terrible temper she owns, I can safely pronounce that I would not be astounded if she possessed other unmannered habits.’
    • ‘I can safely declare that there were many tears on both sides, in addition to promises that they would wait for each other.’
    • ‘It can be safely maintained that we are now heading for the formation of a fully fledged body of law in this area.’
    • ‘As a former self-defense instructor, I can safely affirm that the best way to avoid injury by an attacker is to fight back.’
    • ‘In the meantime, I can now safely announce that I am with child.’
    • ‘Having experienced this level of service, I think I can safely recommend their products to you.’
    • ‘I think we can safely dismiss this one.’
    • ‘We can safely assert that complexity of the game does not necessarily grow with the size of the game.’
    • ‘We can safely state that there is no shortage.’
  • 4Without being injured or harmed.

    ‘all crews have returned safely from their missions’
    ‘we are relieved to have arrived safely’
    • ‘The passengers were safely transferred to Heathrow on alternative flights.’
    • ‘With no hydraulic fluid, they landed their 55 passengers safely by pouring all the lemonade on board into the jet's hydraulic system.’
    • ‘There was nothing that flight controllers could have done to bring home the shuttle safely.’
    • ‘The two officers were brought back safely early Wednesday with the help of the Coast Guard.’
    • ‘Two years after investigating the high-profile death, he is safely back on the political beat.’
    • ‘They are both safely home now.’
    • ‘Some lawmakers want to speed up the process of getting the refugees safely to America.’
    • ‘Apollo 13 was delivered safely back to Earth thanks to amazing human ingenuity.’
    • ‘I safely relocated him to a spot where he won't be disturbed for the rest of the winter.’
    • ‘He's a brilliant private investigator with a reputation for bringing missing children safely home.’

Pronunciation

safely

/ˈseɪfli//ˈsāflē/