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Definition of safely adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1without being harmed, damaged, or lost The plane landed safely.
  2. 2in a way that does not cause harm or that protects someone or something from harm The bomb has been safely disposed of. The money is safely locked in a drawer.
  3. 3without much possibility of being wrong We can safely say that he will accept the job.
  4. 4without any possibility of the situation changing I thought the kids were safely tucked up in bed. The election was safely out of the way, at last.
  5. 5without any problems being caused; with no risk These recommendations can safely be ignored.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: safely