vouchsafe


vouch·safe

verb \vach-ˈsāf, ˈvach-ˌ\

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

vouch·safedvouch·saf·ing

Full Definition of VOUCHSAFE

transitive verb
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>
2
:  to grant as a privilege or special favor
vouch·safe·ment \vach-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

Rhymes with VOUCHSAFE

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