vouchsafe

[vouch-seyf]
verb (used with object), vouchsafed, vouchsafing.
1.
to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension: to vouchsafe a reply to a question.
2.
to allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness: They vouchsafed his return to his own country.
verb (used without object), vouchsafed, vouchsafing.
3.
to condescend; deign.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English phrase vouche sauf. See vouch, safe

vouchsafement, noun
unvouchsafed, adjective


1. bestow, confer, accord.
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vouchsafe (ˌvaʊtʃˈseɪf)
 
vb
1.  to give or grant or condescend to give or grant: she vouchsafed no reply; he vouchsafed me no encouragement
2.  (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to agree, promise, or permit, often graciously or condescendingly: he vouchsafed to come yesterday
3.  obsolete
 a.  to warrant as being safe
 b.  to bestow as a favour (upon)
 
[C14: vouchen sauf; see vouch, safe]
 
vouch'safement
 
n

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vouchsafe
c.1300, vouchen safe "to vouch as safe" (see vouch and safe).
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