\ˈvat \

Definition of vat 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a large vessel (such as a cistern, tub, or barrel) especially for holding liquors in an immature state or preparations for dyeing or tanning

2 : a liquor containing a dye converted into a soluble reduced colorless or weakly colored form that on textile material steeped in the liquor and exposed to the air is converted by oxidation to the original insoluble dye and precipitated in the fiber


vatted; vatting

Definition of vat (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put into or treat in a vat

Definition of VAT (Entry 3 of 3)

value-added tax

Examples of vat in a Sentence

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At a Sartori factory in Plymouth, giant mixers revolve over long silver vats, blending cheese curds with salt. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade War Could Shut Cheesemakers Out of Foreign Markets," 24 June 2018 Artificial meat, whether made from plants or grown from animal cells in vats, is getting cheaper and more realistic, and could be much more sustainable than livestock farming. The Economist, "The future of food, served up right here in augmented reality," 7 July 2018 Hong Kong schools often receive hot lunch deliveries in single-use plastic boxes, but this school has asked for meals to be delivered in metal vats and served on reusable trays. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Our children's plastic lives seen through lunches," 7 June 2018 The establishment is called the Distillery, and anyone can visit it to see all the copper pots and vats, the distillers banging around in their aproned glory. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Gin Bounced Back From Decades of Decline to Become London’s Latest It Drink," 11 June 2018 The cru classé gets its silky texture and savory tang from maturing on the lees, as well as aging in large-format wooden vats under fleurette, a thin veil of ambient yeast. Ellen Bhang,, "These Provençal pours are not the rosé you expect," 28 May 2018 Everyone thought they were engaged in June 2017 Once people noticed the matching diamond rings the two were rocking, rumors started to froth and bubble like a steaming vat of Polyjuice Potion. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Things You Need to Know About Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's Relationship," 21 June 2018 Behind them, floating above trucks and fruit stalls and huge vats of frying falafel, the golden cupola of the Dome of the Rock peeks over the fortress-like parapet of the Damascus Gate. Noga Tarnopolsky,, "Step by step, bridging the divide between Arab and Jew in Jerusalem," 14 June 2018 Gaja was among the first to use that method in Piedmont, where huge chestnut vats called botti had been used for centuries. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "How a wine making dynasty challenged the old ways in order to save itself.," 11 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of vat


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vat


Middle English vet, vat, southern variant of fat, fet, going back to Old English fæt, going back to Germanic *fata- (whence Old Saxon fat "vessel," Old High German faz); akin to Lithuanian púodas "pot"

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Financial Definition of VAT

What It Is

A value added tax (VAT) is a consumption tax added to a product's sales price. It represents a tax on the "value added" to the product throughout its production process.

How It Works

The VAT system is invoice-based. Each seller in the product chain includes a VAT charge on the buyer's invoice. Under a VAT taxation system, all sellers collect the tax and then pay it to the government. The VAT gives sellers along the supply chain a direct economic motivation to collect the tax, thereby reducing the incidence of tax evasion.

Don't confuse the VAT with sales tax. Under a sales tax, the tax is collected only once at the consumer's point of purchase. The VAT tax, however, is collected every time a business purchases products from other businesses within the product's supply chain.

Why It Matters

The VAT is a highly efficient flat consumption tax that reduces the incidence of non-compliance. More than 100 countries have adopted it -- with rates ranging from 10% - 25%.

Investors who are looking for safer overseas investments should consider whether the prospective country uses a VAT, which indicates a more stable fiscal environment.

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English Language Learners Definition of vat

: a large container (such as a tub or barrel) used especially for holding liquids


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Kids Definition of vat

: a large container (as a tub) especially for holding liquids in manufacturing processes

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