Definition of vouchsafe in English:


Syllabification: vouch·safe
Pronunciation: /vouCHˈsāf
, ˈvouCHˌsāf


[with two objects]
1Give or grant (something) to (someone) in a gracious or condescending manner: it is a blessing vouchsafed him by heaven
More example sentences
  • If they fall into that delusion, they are doomed and no second reprieve will be vouchsafed them.
  • Recall the exaggerated influence vouchsafed, not too long ago, to psychoanalytic theory.
  • We believe that artists are somehow vouchsafed the ability to tap into a greater knowledge of the human condition and impart this to us.
1.1 [with object] Reveal or disclose (information): you’d never vouchsafed that interesting tidbit before
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • He didn't vouchsafe any further information, and Wendy certainly wasn't going to pry.
  • He also vouchsafed to them that police surveillance of Mr Lillie had revealed nothing suspicious.


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

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