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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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Inside the restaurant, a robot also tosses chicken, fish and fries into vats of oil. James Freeman, WSJ, "Democrats vs. McDonald’s," 21 June 2019 To the untrained eye, these vats might seem to be full of sterile water. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Map 5,000 New Ocean Viruses," 21 May 2015 Unfortunately, the genial, addled paraplegic doesn’t have the same kind of business acumen as the no-nonsense owner of the nearby rendering plant where deceased pets, livestock, and roadkill all end up in vats to be boiled down into tallow. Peter Keough,, "Doc Talk: More moon, more Morris, more music," 18 July 2019 In 2016, a gull named Gullfrazie fell into a vat of chicken tikka masala while trying to scavenge for food at a factory in Gloucestershire, the Guardian reported. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "A bright orange bird was rescued from the highway. Turns out it was just a seagull covered in curry," 8 July 2019 The fish fry features fish dredged in cornmeal, flour and spices and then cooked in vats of hot oil and served on a slice of white bread with hot sauce. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Democratic candidates pitch South Carolina voters at fish fry," 22 June 2019 There are networks of silver pipes overhead, shiny vats of citric acid and huge sacks of sweet whey, dials and switches and hoppers where hot-pink peppermint candy is crushed into bits. Globe Staff,, "The birth of cool: The story behind the ice-cream sandwich, an icon at 120," 30 July 2019 Its 45,000-square-foot facility includes a massive beer program (the beer vats are located in the previous school gym!), cider and mead production, distilled spirits, and Ale’s Kitchen, which serves gourmet bar classics., "24 Hours on the Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail," 26 June 2019 The Holy Bible, by contrast, sounded harsh and claustrophobic; listening to it felt like being trapped in the bowels of a giant machine, surrounded by clanking pistons and rattling rivets and vats of bubbling oil. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019

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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


\ ˈvat How to pronounce vat (audio) \

Kids Definition of vat

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

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\ ˌvē-ˌā-ˈtē\

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