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[seyf-kee-ping] /ˈseɪfˈki pɪŋ/
the act of keeping safe or the state of being kept safe; protection; care; custody.
Origin of safekeeping
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English safe kepyng. See safe, keeping Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A flat map case was slung by a strap about his neck, its thin envelope between his arm and his body as if for safekeeping.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • These he put for safekeeping in the hands of one of the Spaniards with whom he lived.

    The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Saint Ignatius Loyola
  • We took the opportunity of sending our accumulations of gold dust to Talbot for safekeeping.

    Gold Stewart White
  • They will not need to build a new wing to the jail for his safekeeping.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • Many of the record books and files were taken to places of safekeeping in private homes.

    The Fairfax County Courthouse Ross D. Netherton
British Dictionary definitions for safekeeping


the act of keeping or state of being kept in safety
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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