An example of vouchsafe is letting a friend borrow your new car.
transitive verb-·safed′, -·saf′ing
Origin of vouchsafecontr. of Middle English vouchen safe, to vouch as safe
transitive verbvouch·safed, vouch·saf·ing, vouch·safes Archaic
- To condescend to grant or bestow (something): “On my knees I beg / That you'll vouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food” ( Shakespeare )
- To condescend (to do something); deign: “He called for some tea; upon which occasion my landlady herself vouchsafed to pay him a visit” ( Henry Fielding )
- To disclose or reveal: “At dinner-table, Mr Clayhanger had only vouchsafed that he had a train to catch” ( Arnold Bennet )
Origin of vouchsafeMiddle English vouchen sauf to warrant as safe vouchen to warrant ; see vouch . sauf safe ; see safe .
(third-person singular simple present vouchsafes, present participle vouchsafing, simple past and past participle vouchsafed)