vouchsafe c.1300, vouchen safe "to vouch as safe" (see VOUCH (Cf. vouch) and SAFE (Cf. safe)).

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  • Vouchsafe — Vouch*safe , v. i. To condescend; to deign; to yield; to descend or stoop. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin. Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster] Vouchsafe, illustrious Ormond, to behold What power the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vouchsafe — Vouch*safe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vouchsafed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vouchsafing}.] [Vouch + safe, that is, to vouch or answer for safety.] [1913 Webster] 1. To condescend to grant; to concede; to bestow. [1913 Webster] If ye vouchsafe that it be so.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vouchsafe — [vouch sāf′] vt. vouchsafed, vouchsafing [contr. of ME vouchen safe, to vouch as safe] to be gracious enough or condescend to give or grant [to vouchsafe a reply] vouchsafement n …   English World dictionary

  • vouchsafe — I verb accord, acquiesce, admit, allow, assent, bear with, bestow, comply with, concede, concedere, condescend, condescend to grant, consent, deign to give, deign to grant, favor with, give in, grant, grant by favor, gratify, humor, indulge, let …   Law dictionary

  • vouchsafe — *grant, accord, concede, award Analogous words: *give, bestow, confer, present: condescend, deign, *stoop: *oblige, accommodate, favor …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vouchsafe — ► VERB ▪ give, grant, or disclose in a gracious or condescending manner. ORIGIN originally as the phrase vouch something safe on someone, i.e. «warrant the secure conferment of» …   English terms dictionary

  • vouchsafe — UK [ˌvaʊtʃˈseɪf] / US [vaʊtʃˈseɪf] / US [ˈvaʊtʃˌseɪf] verb [transitive] Word forms vouchsafe : present tense I/you/we/they vouchsafe he/she/it vouchsafes present participle vouchsafing past tense vouchsafed past participle vouchsafed formal to… …   English dictionary

  • vouchsafe — transitive verb (vouchsafed; vouchsafing) Etymology: Middle English vouchen sauf to grant, consent, deign, from Anglo French voucher salf Date: 14th century 1. a. to grant or furnish often in a gracious or condescending manner b. to give by way… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vouchsafe — vouchsafement, n. /vowch sayf /, v., vouchsafed, vouchsafing. v.t. 1. to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension: to vouchsafe a reply to a question. 2. to allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness: They vouchsafed his… …   Universalium

  • vouchsafe — verb (T) formal 1 to offer, give, or tell something to someone in a way that shows you trust them: insights into the future vouchsafed by God 2 to make it certain that something will be safe: political arrangements that vouchsafe peace …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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