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vouch·safe

 (vouch-sāf′, vouch′sāf′)
tr.v. vouch·safed, vouch·saf·ing, vouch·safes Archaic
1. To condescend to grant or bestow (something): "On my knees I beg / That you'll vouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food" (Shakespeare).
2. To condescend (to do something); deign: "He called for some tea; upon which occasion my landlady herself vouchsafed to pay him a visit" (Henry Fielding).
3. To disclose or reveal: "At dinner-table, Mr Clayhanger had only vouchsafed that he had a train to catch" (Arnold Bennet).

[Middle English vouchen sauf, to warrant as safe : vouchen, to warrant; see vouch + sauf, safe; see safe.]

vouch·safe′ment n.

vouchsafe

(ˌvaʊtʃˈseɪf)
vb (tr)
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]
ˌvouchˈsafement n

vouch•safe

(vaʊtʃˈseɪf)

v.t. -safed, -saf•ing.
1. to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension: to vouchsafe a reply.
2. to allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness.
[1275–1325; Middle English phrase vouche sauf. See vouch, safe]
vouch•safe′ment, n.

vouchsafe


Past participle: vouchsafed
Gerund: vouchsafing

Imperative
vouchsafe
vouchsafe
Present
I vouchsafe
you vouchsafe
he/she/it vouchsafes
we vouchsafe
you vouchsafe
they vouchsafe
Preterite
I vouchsafed
you vouchsafed
he/she/it vouchsafed
we vouchsafed
you vouchsafed
they vouchsafed
Present Continuous
I am vouchsafing
you are vouchsafing
he/she/it is vouchsafing
we are vouchsafing
you are vouchsafing
they are vouchsafing
Present Perfect
I have vouchsafed
you have vouchsafed
he/she/it has vouchsafed
we have vouchsafed
you have vouchsafed
they have vouchsafed
Past Continuous
I was vouchsafing
you were vouchsafing
he/she/it was vouchsafing
we were vouchsafing
you were vouchsafing
they were vouchsafing
Past Perfect
I had vouchsafed
you had vouchsafed
he/she/it had vouchsafed
we had vouchsafed
you had vouchsafed
they had vouchsafed
Future
I will vouchsafe
you will vouchsafe
he/she/it will vouchsafe
we will vouchsafe
you will vouchsafe
they will vouchsafe
Future Perfect
I will have vouchsafed
you will have vouchsafed
he/she/it will have vouchsafed
we will have vouchsafed
you will have vouchsafed
they will have vouchsafed
Future Continuous
I will be vouchsafing
you will be vouchsafing
he/she/it will be vouchsafing
we will be vouchsafing
you will be vouchsafing
they will be vouchsafing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vouchsafing
you have been vouchsafing
he/she/it has been vouchsafing
we have been vouchsafing
you have been vouchsafing
they have been vouchsafing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vouchsafing
you will have been vouchsafing
he/she/it will have been vouchsafing
we will have been vouchsafing
you will have been vouchsafing
they will have been vouchsafing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vouchsafing
you had been vouchsafing
he/she/it had been vouchsafing
we had been vouchsafing
you had been vouchsafing
they had been vouchsafing
Conditional
I would vouchsafe
you would vouchsafe
he/she/it would vouchsafe
we would vouchsafe
you would vouchsafe
they would vouchsafe
Past Conditional
I would have vouchsafed
you would have vouchsafed
he/she/it would have vouchsafed
we would have vouchsafed
you would have vouchsafed
they would have vouchsafed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.vouchsafe - grant in a condescending manner
grant, allow - let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"

vouchsafe

verb (Old-fashioned) grant, accord, yield, cede, confer on, favour someone with, deign to give, condescend to give He vouchsafed them a little more brandy.

vouchsafe

verb
1. To let have as a favor, prerogative, or privilege:
2. To descend to a level considered inappropriate to one's dignity:
Translations

vouchsafe

[vaʊtʃˈseɪf] VT [+ privilege, favour] → conceder; [+ reply] → servirse hacer, dignarse hacer
to vouchsafe to + INFINdignarse + infin

vouchsafe

vt (form)gewähren (sb jdm); to vouchsafe to do somethinggeruhen (geh)or die Güte haben, etw zu tun

vouchsafe

[ˌvaʊtʃˈseɪf] vt (liter, frm) to vouchsafe sth (to sb) (reply, help) → accordare qc (a qn); (peace) → garantire qc (a qn)
References in classic literature ?
But she died between summers; then Robert posed as an inconsolable, prostrating himself at the feet of Madame Ratignolle for whatever crumbs of sympathy and comfort she might be pleased to vouchsafe.
I am delighted to find that you can vouchsafe to let your imagination wanderbut it will not do very sorry to check you in your first essaybut indeed it will not do.
And how impossible did it appear to touch the inmates of this house with concern on my behalf; to make them believe in the truth of my wants and woes--to induce them to vouchsafe a rest for my wanderings
O thou," she cried, "that encirclest the earth, vouchsafe to grant the prayers of thy servants that call upon thee.
Minerva, therefore, took Mars by the hand and said, "Mars, Mars, bane of men, bloodstained stormer of cities, may we not now leave the Trojans and Achaeans to fight it out, and see to which of the two Jove will vouchsafe the victory?
I say further, and lay my saying to your heart--if Minerva sees fit to vouchsafe me the glory of killing both, stay your horses here and make the reins fast to the rim of the chariot; then be sure you spring Aeneas' horses and drive them from the Trojan to the Achaean ranks.
If Jove again vouchsafes glory to the son of Tydeus they will carry us safely back to the city.
They prayed: "Endow them with continence and fruitfulness, and vouchsafe that their hearts may rejoice looking upon their sons and daughters.
The key British priority in the Middle East was not to vouchsafe Jews a home but to exert control over the Suez Canal at a time when the canal was vital to British interests.
Following the 2015 UK General Election, a Cameron-led government or a successor government will almost certainly be obliged to vouchsafe a referendum on Europe.
These developments vouchsafe the growing significance of Islamic finance and banking in the aftermath of the global economic crisis.
As a person who has spent a lifetime in education and inspected over 150 schools in Wales, I can vouchsafe that the large majority of teachers are doing an excellent job, almost all schools have improved beyond recognition in the last 10 years or so and pupils are achieving much success, often within very difficult circumstances.