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[vouch-seyf] /vaʊtʃˈseɪf/
verb (used with object), vouchsafed, vouchsafing.
to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension:
to vouchsafe a reply to a question.
to allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness:
They vouchsafed his return to his own country.
verb (used without object), vouchsafed, vouchsafing.
to condescend; deign.
Origin of vouchsafe
1275-1325; Middle English phrase vouche sauf. See vouch, safe
Related forms
vouchsafement, noun
unvouchsafed, adjective
1. bestow, confer, accord. Unabridged
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  • vouchsafe to taste of a poor banquet that stands sweetly waiting for your sweet presence.
  • And this was all the information that she would vouchsafe.
British Dictionary definitions for vouchsafe


verb (transitive)
to give or grant or condescend to give or grant: she vouchsafed no reply, he vouchsafed me no encouragement
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to agree, promise, or permit, often graciously or condescendingly: he vouchsafed to come yesterday
  1. to warrant as being safe
  2. to bestow as a favour (upon)
Derived Forms
vouchsafement, noun
Word Origin
C14: vouchen sauf; see vouch, safe
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Word Origin and History for vouchsafe

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

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