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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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  • It has been hidden here for safe-keeping, just as your jewels were.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • You are calm, and keep your head; as to the other, perhaps that is in safe-keeping too.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • No; I know you would not do that, because Beverly, you know, has pledged himself for your safe-keeping.

  • A man may arrest his own slave, and he may also imprison for safe-keeping the runaway slave of a friend.

    Laws Plato
  • You know your uncle David was a commission-merchant, and very often had packages left with him for safe-keeping.

  • Captain Wadsworth, I deliver this charter into your hands for safe-keeping.

    The Tree That Saved Connecticut Henry Fisk Carlton
  • The ladies brought their babies with them for safe-keeping, and the same rooms were placed at their disposal.

  • It's a bit of money that was left me by an uncle, and I buried it here for safe-keeping.

  • That done, José carried the crate over to the house across the road, for safe-keeping.

    Crossed Trails in Mexico Nell Virginia Fairfax and Helen Allan Ripley
British Dictionary definitions for safe-keeping


the act of keeping or state of being kept in safety
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for safe-keeping

early 15c., from safe (adj.) + verbal noun from keep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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