safely

safely
[[t]se͟ɪfli[/t]]
1) ADV-GRADED: usu ADV with v If something is done safely, it is done in a way that makes it unlikely that anyone will be harmed.

The waste is safely locked away until it is no longer radioactive...

`Drive safely,' he said and waved goodbye...

More people will be doing the work with proper supervision and thus, more safely.

2) ADV: usu ADV with v You also use safely to say that there is no risk of a situation being changed.

Once events are safely in the past, this idea seems to become less alarming...

The number two seed is safely through to the second round of the tournament.

3) See also safe

English dictionary. 2008.

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