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vouchsafe

[ vouch-seyf ]
/ va蕣t蕛藞se瑟f /
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verb (used with object), vouch路safed, vouch路saf路ing.
to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension: to vouchsafe a reply to a question.
to allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness: They vouchsafed his return to his own country.
verb (used without object), vouch路safed, vouch路saf路ing.
to condescend; deign.
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Origin of vouchsafe

1275鈥1325; Middle English phrase vouche sauf.See vouch, safe

OTHER WORDS FROM vouchsafe

vouch路safe路ment, nounun路vouch路safed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for vouchsafe

vouchsafe
/ (藢va蕣t蕛藞se瑟f) /

verb (tr)
to give or grant or condescend to give or grantshe vouchsafed no reply; he vouchsafed me no encouragement
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to agree, promise, or permit, often graciously or condescendinglyhe vouchsafed to come yesterday
obsolete
  1. to warrant as being safe
  2. to bestow as a favour (upon)

Derived forms of vouchsafe

vouchsafement, noun

Word Origin for vouchsafe

C14: vouchen sauf; see vouch, safe
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