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1 grant in a condescending manner
2 promise or agree condescendingly, as a special favor

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  • /ˌvaʊtʃ'seɪf/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪf


  1. To condescendingly grant a right, benefit, outcome, etc.; to deign to acknowledge.


  • 1610 — William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, ii 3 (First Folio)
    I haue aſſayl'd her with Muſickes, but ſhe vouchſafes no notice.
  • 1674 — John Milton, Paradise Lost, book V
    som great behest from Heav'nTo us perhaps he brings, and will voutsafeThis day to be our Guest.
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
    Hear my cry, O God the Reader; vouchsafe that his book fall not stillborn into the world wilderness.



Condescendingly grant a right
  • German: gewähren
  • Polish: zaszczycić
  • Portuguese: permitir

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