Definition of vouchsafe in English:

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Pronunciation: /vaʊtʃˈseɪf/


[with two objects]
1Give or grant (something) to (someone) in a gracious or condescending manner: it is a blessing vouchsafed him by heaven
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  • 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.
grant, give, accord, award, offer, hand;
confer on, bestow on, yield to, cede to, favour with
deign, condescend, stoop, unbend, sink, lower oneself, humble oneself, demean oneself
informal come down from one's high horse
1.1 [with object] Reveal or disclose (information): you’d never vouchsafed that interesting titbit before
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  • 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.
disclose, reveal, divulge, impart, pass on, tell, let out, let slip, give away, bring into the open, make public, make known, broadcast, air, circulate
informal blab, spill, come clean about
British informal cough, blow the gaff on


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

Words that rhyme with vouchsafe

chafe, Rafe, safe, waif

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