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vouchsafe

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verb vouch·safe \vau̇ch-ˈsāf, ˈvau̇ch-ˌ\

Simple Definition of vouchsafe

  • : to give (something) to someone as a promise or a privilege

Full Definition of vouchsafe

vouch·safedvouch·saf·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to grant or furnish often in a gracious or condescending manner b :  to give by way of reply <refused to vouchsafe an explanation>

  3. 2 :  to grant as a privilege or special favor

vouch·safe·ment play \vau̇ch-ˈsāf-mənt\ noun

Examples of vouchsafe

  1. He vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples.



Origin of vouchsafe

Middle English vouchen sauf to grant, consent, deign, from Anglo-French voucher salf


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of vouchsafe

grant, concede, vouchsafe, accord, award mean to give as a favor or a right. grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld <granted them a new hearing>. concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim <even her critics concede she can be charming>. vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension <vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples>. accord implies giving to another what is due or proper <accorded all the honors befitting a head of state>. award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors <awarded the company a huge defense contract>.

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