verb (used with object), vouch·safed, vouch·saf·ing.

  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 return to his own country.

verb (used without object), vouch·safed, vouch·saf·ing.

  1. to condescend; deign.

verb (tr)

  1. to give or grant or condescend to give or grantshe 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 condescendinglyhe vouchsafed to come yesterday
  3. obsolete
    1. to warrant as being safe
    2. to bestow as a favour (upon)

c.1300, vouchen safe “to vouch as safe” (see vouch and safe).

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