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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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Examples from the web for safekeeping
  • He divided irreplaceable plant specimens, secretly distributing them to friends for safekeeping.
  • She bought them on the spot and placed them in safekeeping.
  • They returned his letters unopened and ignored his request to send him the ceremonial sword he had left with them for safekeeping.
  • The box in our barn was apparently given to my father for safekeeping.
  • He said it was my computer, which he'd always held in his lap for safekeeping.
  • They hid the scrolls in the caves for safekeeping as a way of preserving their history.
  • His books and papers probably will be given to a museum for safekeeping instead of being sold.
  • Instead, the money is returned to us for safekeeping.
  • It will be required in the future to release the collateral with your safekeeping bank.
  • He is responsible for the safekeeping of taxpayers' money.
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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