vet

noun
\ ˈvet How to pronounce vet (audio) \

Definition of vet

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vet

adjective or noun

Definition of vet (Entry 2 of 3)

vet

verb
vetted; vetting

Definition of vet (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to evaluate for possible approval or acceptance vet the candidates for a position
b : to subject to usually expert appraisal or correction vet a manuscript
2a : to provide veterinary care for (an animal) or medical care for (a person)
b : to subject (a person or animal) to a physical examination or checkup

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Other Words from vet

Verb

vetter noun

A Brief History of the Verb Vet

Verb

When we vet a statement for accuracy or vet a candidate for a position, what are we doing, literally? Does the verb have something to do with veteran "a person with long experience," perhaps indicating that the thing or person vetted is proved to be tried and true?

Interestingly, the word is not related to veteran at all, but rather to veterinarian "an animal doctor." That noun was shortened to vet by the mid-19th century and, within decades, gave rise to a verb vet meaning "to subject (an animal) to medical examination." The verb was soon applied to human beings as well, broadening in sense to "to perform a medical checkup on." By the early 20th century, this word took on the figurative meaning that is now most familiar: "to subject a person or thing to scrutiny; to examine for flaws."

Examples of vet in a Sentence

Noun I have to take my dog to the vet. Verb They vetted her thoroughly before offering her the job. The book was vetted by several different editors. He's already vetted the plan, so we can start right away.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The vets told me that these dogs had been dropped from their team. National Geographic, "At a grueling subarctic race, a photographer finds calm," 31 Jan. 2020 Scout is now on his way to being cancer free, and to thank the vets who saved him, MacNeil got them an unconventional gift: a $6 million spot during this Sunday's Super Bowl. NBC News, "'A very good boy': Cancer survivor dog will promote animal health in $6 million Super Bowl ad," 30 Jan. 2020 The period film, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the vet who can talk to animals, has been ravaged by critics. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Bad Boys for Life' Banishing 'Dolittle' With Huge $65M-Plus Bow," 17 Jan. 2020 The vet reportedly had to extract the two rotten teeth but expects Buddy to make a full recovery. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Florida vet removes stick from dog's mouth that was likely there for years, shelter says," 22 Dec. 2019 The real estate division will need to seek out training facilities, while the public health department accelerates medical clearances and the human resources department vets new employees. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s Muni, short on bus and train operators, also needs maintenance workers," 13 Dec. 2019 The clinic vet said the cat weighed 5 pounds, but was otherwise healthy. oregonlive, "After 77 days and a grand adventure, Penelope the cat is found and returned to her home in NE Portland," 5 Dec. 2019 For the previous five years, the 37-year-old Vietnam vet had been setting aside money, week-by-week, building his nest egg. Bill Adler, Smithsonian, "Every Year Just ‘Bout This Time, Kurtis Blow Celebrates With a Rhyme," 3 Dec. 2019 The vets conducted an audit and discovered the organization was $40,000 in debt for overdue taxes, plus penalties and interest. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "Polka, bingo and fish fries are slowly saving VFW post in Michigan's U.P.," 29 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The party said that Shadow’s application was vetted for cybersecurity and technical considerations, including by third-party experts. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Faulty Iowa App Was Part of Push to Restore Democrats’ Digital Edge," 4 Feb. 2020 Test results would be vetted by Civil Service Commission members, who then would develop a running list of candidates eligible for future job consideration, Tomba said. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Middleburg Hts. considers going national to recruit police officers," 26 Jan. 2020 The agents assumed that Maguire’s testimony had been vetted by the FBI leadership. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020 After that, look for insurers that receive an A.M. Best credit rating, which means the company has been financially vetted, Hummer says. Los Angeles Times, "Are you paying too much for travel insurance?," 21 Oct. 2019 The plan was vetted earlier by council’s Safety and Municipal Services and Properties committees. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Plan to build Cleveland police headquarters along Opportunity Corridor in Kinsman clears hurdle," 21 Jan. 2020 In November, the TV Academy announced a January push to vet membership to ensure that only active and legacy members can vote for the Emmys moving forward. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmy Rule Changes: TV Academy Again Reconsiders "Hanging Episodes"," 17 Dec. 2019 At the time the Producers Guild worked with the Television Academy to correctly vet producer eligibility. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Mindy Kaling fires back at TV Academy for being singled out during The Office Emmy nominations," 9 Oct. 2019 At the time the Producers Guild worked with the Television Academy to correctly vet producer eligibility. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Mindy Kaling Responds to TV Academy About Nearly Getting Snubbed for The Office Producer Credit," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of vet

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined above

Adjective or noun

1848, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Vets. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for vet

vet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vet

: to investigate (someone) thoroughly to see if they should be approved or accepted for a job
: to check (something) carefully to make sure it is acceptable

vet

noun
\ ˈvet How to pronounce vet (audio) \

Kids Definition of vet

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vet

noun

Kids Definition of vet (Entry 2 of 2)

vet

noun
\ ˈvet How to pronounce vet (audio) \

Medical Definition of vet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

vetted; vetting

Medical Definition of vet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to provide veterinary care for (an animal) or medical care for (a person)
2 : to subject (a person or animal) to a physical examination or checkup

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