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- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˌvaʊtʃˈseɪf/
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- Rhymes: -eɪf
- Hyphenation: vouch‧safe
- To graciously give, to condescendingly grant a right, benefit, outcome, etc.; to deign to acknowledge.
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, OCLC 606515358, published 1623, Julius Caesar, Act III, scene i, page 119:
- If Brutus will vouchſafe that Antony / May ſafely come to him ...
- It is not said by the apostle that God vouchsafed to the heathens the means of salvation.
- To receive or accept in condescension.
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:vouchsafe.
Condescendingly grant a right