Simple Definition of vouchsafe
: to give (something) to someone as a promise or a privilege
Full Definition of vouchsafe
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
Examples of vouchsafe in a sentence
He vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples.
Did You Know?
Shakespeare fans are well acquainted with "vouchsafe." The word, which was borrowed with its present meaning from Anglo-French in the 14th century, pops up fairly frequently in the Bard's work-60 times, to be exact. "Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love," beseeches Proteus of Silvia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. "Vouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food," King Lear begs his daughter Regan. But you needn't turn to Shakespeare to find "vouchsafe."
Origin of vouchsafe
Middle English vouchen sauf to grant, consent, deign, from Anglo-French voucher salf
First Known Use: 14th century
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VOUCHSAFE Defined for Kids
Definition of vouchsafe for Students
: to give or grant as a special favor <… I riffled the pages of my book, hoping to be vouchsafed a map. — Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted>
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