Definition of safety noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    safety

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈseɪfti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪfti//
     
    (pl. safeties) American football
     
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the state of being safe and protected from danger or harm a place where children can play in safety The police are concerned for the safety of the 12-year-old boy who has been missing for three days. He was kept in custody for his own safety.
  2. 2  [uncountable] the state of not being dangerous I'm worried about the safety of the treatment. safety standards a local campaign to improve road safety The airline has an excellent safety record.
  3. 3  [uncountable] a place where you are safe I managed to swim to safety. We watched the lions from the safety of the car. They reached safety seconds before the building was engulfed in flames.
  4. 4[countable] (North American English) = safety catch
  5. 5[countable] (North American English) (in American football ) a defending player who plays in a position far away from the other team See related entries: American football
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French sauvete, from medieval Latin salvitas, from Latin salvus ‘safe’.Extra examples A national insurance system provides a safety net for the very poor. For safety reasons, children should not operate the machine unsupervised. New safety legislation will be introduced next year. Police fear for the safety of the missing children. She finally made it to the safety of her room. State benefits provide a safety net for the very poor. The building was evacuated for safety reasons. The car has many safety features, including anti-skid braking. The company was fined by the health and safety inspectors. The house has to be rearranged with a view to child safety. The people want to be able to walk the streets at night in safety. The plan was rejected by the government nuclear safety watchdog. The playground was closed down on safety grounds. The police are conducting a safety awareness programme in local schools. The police gave him protection for his own safety. The refugees finally reached a place of safety. The seat is bolted in place for added safety. The stairs are fitted with a handrail for safety. The stairs are fitted with handrails either side for safety. They thought they would never reach safety. Walkways allow visitors to enter the caves in perfect safety. We fear for their safety. We managed to run to safety before the building collapsed. What made her leave the safety of her apartment? When cycling on the roads, remember: safety first. When operating machinery, remember: safety first. a safety-awareness campaign a violation of safety codes Children need a place where they can play in safety. He is involved in local campaigns to improve road safety. He was kept in custody for his own safety. I managed to swim to safety. I’m worried about the safety of the treatment. She called for tougher safety standards for child car seats. The airline has an excellent safety record. The police are concerned for the safety of the boy, who has been missing for three days.Idioms (saying) safety is the most important thing
    there’s safety in numbers
     
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    (saying) being in a group makes you safer and makes you feel more confident
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: safety