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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 ?
Pardon me," said I, "O Thou Whom I must no longer address as the Perfection of all Beauty; but let me beg thee to vouchsafe thy servant a sight of thine interior.
This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight--perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.
They prayed: "Endow them with continence and fruitfulness, and vouchsafe that their hearts may rejoice looking upon their sons and daughters.
In like manner, if Apollo vouchsafe me glory and I slay your champion, I will strip him of his armour and take it to the city of Ilius, where I will hang it in the temple of Apollo, but I will give up his body, that the Achaeans may bury him at their ships, and the build him a mound by the wide waters of the Hellespont.