Secured vs Safe - What's the difference?

secured | safe |

As a verb secured

is (secure).

As a noun safe is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (secure)
  • Anagrams

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    Alternative forms

    * secuer (obsolete)


  • Free from attack or danger; protected.
  • Free from the danger of theft; safe.
  • Free from the risk of eavesdropping, interception or discovery; secret.
  • Free from anxiety or doubt; unafraid.
  • * Dryden
  • But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes.
  • Firm and not likely to fail; stable.
  • Free from the risk of financial loss; reliable.
  • Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly used with of .
  • secure of a welcome
  • * Milton
  • Confidence then bore thee on, secure / Either to meet no danger, or to find / Matter of glorious trial.
  • Overconfident; incautious; careless.
  • (Macaulay)


    * insecure

    Derived terms

    * securely


  • To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
  • * Dryden
  • I spread a cloud before the victor's sight, / Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight.
  • To put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; frequently with against'' or ''from'', or formerly with ''of .
  • to secure''' a creditor against loss; to '''secure a debt by a mortgage
  • * T. Dick
  • It secures its possessor of eternal happiness.
  • To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping.
  • to secure''' a prisoner; to '''secure a door, or the hatches of a ship
  • To get possession of; to make oneself secure of; to acquire certainly.
  • to secure an estate
  • * 2014 , Jamie Jackson, " Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real", The Guardian , 26 August 2014:
  • With the Argentinian secured United will step up their attempt to sign a midfielder and, possibly, a defender in the closing days of the transfer window. Juventus’s Arturo Vidal, Milan’s Nigel de Jong and Ajax’s Daley Blind, who is also a left-sided defensive player, are potential targets.
    "[Captain] was able to secure some good photographs of the fortress." (Flight, 1911, p. 766)
  • * , chapter=3
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.}}


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    (wikipedia safe)


  • Not in danger; free from harm's reach.
  • Free from risk; harmless, riskless.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. He had him gripped firmly by the arm, since he felt it was not safe to let him loose, and he had no immediate idea what to do with him.}}
  • Providing protection from danger; providing shelter.
  • (baseball) When a batter successfully reaches first base, or when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base or returns to the base he last occupied; not out.
  • Properly secured; secure.
  • (used after a noun, often, forming a compound) Not in danger from the specified source of harm.
  • (UK, slang) Great, cool, awesome, respectable;
  • * {{quote-newsgroup, year=1996, date=August 12, author="Mandrake", title=Re: Multiple Messages - an apology
  • , newsgroup=uk.people.gothic citation , passage=and you also forgot to mentioned(SIC) the wheels man you know bmw playing¶ ragga jungle hip hop tunes¶ and on the mobile¶ yeah safe !¶ nice one¶ later}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1996 or 1997, year_published=2002, publisher=Methuen
  • , author=Roy Williams, title=Plays 1: The No Boys Cricket Club / Startstruck / Lift Off citation , isbn=9780413772091, page=165 , passage=Young Mal: Yu can’t. Irie means yer cool, yer safe , everything awright.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=2000, year_published=2005, publisher=Justin, Charles & Co.
  • , author=Teddy Hayes, title=Dead by Popular Demand, section=Chapter 14 citation , pageurl=
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  • , isbn=9781932112238, page=134 , passage=“If you need more, just ring, yeah?” Punch said.¶ “Safe ,” Brian answered.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=2002, publisher=Trentham Books, author=Danny Braverman
  • , title=Playing a Part: Drama and Citizenship, section=One Thursday — a short play citation , pageurl= , isbn=9781858562424, page=62 , passage=They end the call.'' Fami ''goes over to'' Paul. ''They touch hands .¶ Femi: Yeah, safe man.}}
  • * (rfdate) Steve Carter, Love, Sex and Tesco's Finest Cava , page 169:
  • “Yeah, safe mate, wassup?” says one hoodie, who should at least be credited with attempting a more detailed sentence construction.
  • Reliable.
  • Cautious.
  • Synonyms

    * harmless, riskless * secure * (cool) wicked, cool, awesome * (reliable) trustworthy


    * unsafe * dangerous * harmful * insecure


    * (not in danger from the specified source of harm) * *


    (en noun)
  • A box, usually made of metal, in which valuables can be locked for safekeeping.
  • (slang) A condom.
  • * 1999 , (Rita Ciresi), Pink Slip , Delta (1999), ISBN 0385323638, page 328:
  • She'd better have an arsenal of Trojans in her purse just in case he wasn't carrying a safe in his back pocket.
  • (dated) A ventilated or refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious animals or insects.
  • Synonyms

    * (box for storing valuables) coffer, lockbox, strongbox * (condom) see also .

    Derived terms

    * * * * *

    See also

    * save * safety