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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.]
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.
a. to warrant as being safe
b. to bestow as a favour (upon)
[C14: vouchen sauf; see vouch, safe]
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.
Past participle: vouchsafed
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