vouch + safe, written as two words in Middle English and early Modern English.
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˌvaʊt͡ʃˈseɪf/
- (Canada) IPA(key): [ˌvʌʊtʃˈseɪf]
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- Rhymes: -eɪf
- Hyphenation: vouch‧safe
vouchsafe (third-person singular simple present vouchsafes, present participle vouchsafing, simple past and past participle vouchsafed)
- To graciously give, to condescendingly grant a right, benefit, outcome, etc.; to deign to acknowledge.
- Synonym: (archaic) vouch
- 1599?, William Shakespeare, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies, London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, Julius Caesar, Act III, scene i, page 119:
- If Brutus will vouchſafe that Antony / May ſafely come to him ...
- 1964 July, “The mythology of monorails”, in Modern Railways, page 57:
- Needless to say, we have been vouchsafed no idea of what this might cost the innocent victims, the ratepayers.
- To receive or accept in condescension.
- 1913, Eleanor H. Porter, chapter 8, in Pollyanna, L.C. Page, →OCLC:
- Nancy's lips parted abruptly, as if there were angry words all ready to come; but her eyes, resting on Pollyanna's jubilantly trustful face, saw something that prevented the words being spoken.
"Humph!" she vouchsafed. Then, showing her old-time interest, she went on: "But, say, it is queer, his speakin' to you, honestly, Miss Pollyanna. He don't speak ter no one; and he lives all alone in a great big lovely house all full of jest grand things, they say. Some says he's crazy, and some jest cross; and some says he's got a skeleton in his closet."
- To disclose or divulge.
- She vouchsafed to me that she regretted ever marrying him.
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:vouchsafe.
Condescendingly grant a right
- “vouchsafe”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.