vouchsafe


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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." They alluded to God's creation of a wife from Adam's rib "and for this cause a man shall leave father and mother, and cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh," and that "this is a great mystery"; they prayed that God would make them fruitful and bless them, like Isaac and Rebecca, Joseph, Moses and Zipporah, and that they might look upon their children's children.
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.
With this they fell praying to King Jove the son of Saturn, and thus would one of them say as he looked into the vault of heaven, "Father Jove that rulest from Ida, most glorious in power, vouchsafe victory to Ajax, and let him win great glory: but if you wish well to Hector also and would protect him, grant to each of them equal fame and prowess."
Gerard writes '...it is put in drinkes for woundes and that is the cause why some doe commonly say that he that hath it will scarce vouchsafe the chirugeon (surgeon).'
From experience, I can vouchsafe that it can be converted into a teaching hospital.
The PIF is the sponsor of the Future Investment Initiative, whose purpose is to help the Saudi monarchs vouchsafe their fortune as the world weans itself off oil.
If it reflects the thinking of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC), one cannot vouchsafe its quality.
GUJRAT -- We must shun all differences among us and work for betterment of the motherland to vouchsafe a better and stronger Pakistan to the next generations, University of Gujrat vice chancellor declared.
His 600 winners vouchsafe his skills as a horseman.
Boldden and Vouchsafe set a relentless gallop, and after they had been easily overhauled on the turn for home cheers rang out from the packed enclosures as Shahrastani's name was called coming into contention around two furlongs out.