Definition of vouchsafe in English:

vouchsafe

verb

  • 1[with two objects] Give or grant (something) to (someone) in a gracious or condescending manner:

    ‘it is a blessing vouchsafed him by heaven’
    • ‘For him it was a means of revealing the divine principle and concretizing a personal vision of the Supreme Being that had been vouchsafed to him.’
    • ‘Catholic opinion was united in its disapproval of the privileges vouchsafed to them by the edict.’
    • ‘We believe that artists are somehow vouchsafed the ability to tap into a greater knowledge of the human condition and impart this to us.’
    • ‘Recall the exaggerated influence vouchsafed, not too long ago, to psychoanalytic theory.’
    • ‘If they fall into that delusion, they are doomed and no second reprieve will be vouchsafed them.’
    • ‘The two lovers are privileged to witness the assumption and are vouchsafed a vision of heaven.’
    • ‘When the author indulges his ability to frolic away from the described path (the path, the sole path to which the audience has vouchsafed its interest), the less interested the audience becomes.’
    • ‘DoubleClick's shares plummeted on Thursday, largely on news of several impending investigations of its privacy policies, vouchsafing it the un-enviable distinction of leading the NASDAQ's losers for the day.’
    • ‘A terribly 90s enlightenment, of course, combining the pleasant notion that the experiences vouchsafed to you aren't for the common man with the assurance that you don't actually have to do any work for them, you just have to take part.’
    • ‘In reality, of course, there can be no truly riskless asset - death and taxes remain the only certainties vouchsafed to human beings.’
    • ‘And yet that billboard vouchsafes to one of the novel's minor characters, J. Edgar's ghostly Sister, a vision of beatitude.’
    • ‘Yet while it seems fair to ascribe to these pieces the ‘legendary’ status vouchsafed them in the leaflet, this is not enough.’
    • ‘It is ‘a poem: one of those genuine productions so often vouchsafed to the fortunate public of those days - the golden age of modern literature.’
    • ‘Even that much explanation is unlikely to be vouchsafed to Michael Wills and his colleagues as they return to the back benches.’
    • ‘He seems to know stuff no one else is aware of, perhaps vouchsafed to him through a special revelation.’
    • ‘I noted, with the thrill that circumstances vouchsafe to an active scholar only a few times in a full career, that Agassiz had penciled copious marginal notes into this copy.’
    • ‘If God sends or raises up among us someone who can feed our souls, let us receive him with joy and thankfulness from God, according to the gift that has been vouchsafed to him.'’
    • ‘Those who had this secret wisdom of the plants were the chosen of their god; to them alone had he vouchsafed the privilege of access to the heavenly throne.’
    • ‘Lenin's intention was that the testament should remain secret; but his secretary vouchsafed its contents to Stalin.’
    • ‘Ten chapters later, we are vouchsafed some extra details.’
    deign, condescend, stoop, unbend, sink, lower oneself, humble oneself, demean oneself
    grant, give, accord, award, offer, hand
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    1. 1.1[with object] Reveal or disclose (information):
      ‘you'd never vouchsafed that interesting titbit before’
      • ‘Seven years later, ‘He is a good man, we did not suit,’ was the only reason she vouchsafed for the break up of that marriage.’
      • ‘‘Most of them are opting for second pair of sun glasses since they are affordable’, Bajaj vouchsafes.’
      • ‘I would love to know its source, but as a reader I am clearly not intended to; at any rate the information is not vouchsafed.’
      • ‘He vouchsafed that his mother, 80 years of age, was an avid Internet fan.’
      • ‘Rarely have I read such a feeble excuse for ignoring the needs of the disabled as that vouchsafed by First Great Western in refusing to allow an electric invalid scooter on their trains.’
      • ‘This information was vouchsafed via CNN from an undisclosed military base, seemingly a long way from Washington.’
      • ‘He had won the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1953 and had much to live up to, and, as he vouchsafed to friends, this was also to be his last literary endeavour.’
      • ‘He didn't vouchsafe any further information, and Wendy certainly wasn't going to pry.’
      • ‘He claimed that he had been informed that Funfack had indeed been Deputy Chief Medical Officer but he did not vouchsafe who provided that information.’
      • ‘The male of the species was not disgraced, that much I can vouchsafe.’
      • ‘In an earlier television interview, the Chancellor had vouchsafed the view that as well as the return of Status Quo and Queen in any Live 8 concerts, he wants to see the Spice Girls reformed.’
      • ‘He also vouchsafed to them that police surveillance of Mr Lillie had revealed nothing suspicious.’
      • ‘As one senior MP yesterday vouchsafed, the failure to take on the Liberal Democrats in Brent East was a disastrous mistake.’
      disclose, reveal, divulge, impart, pass on, tell, let out, let slip, give away, bring into the open, make public, make known, broadcast, air, circulate
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Origin

Middle English: originally as the phrase vouch something safe on someone, i.e. ‘warrant the secure conferment of (something on someone)’.

Pronunciation

vouchsafe

/vaʊtʃˈseɪf/