vat

noun
\ ˈvat How to pronounce vat (audio) \

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

vat

verb
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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Laundresses tread clothing in vats of urine, the only thing strong enough to shift bloodstains. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: From Great War to Trojan War," 6 Sep. 2018 The startup, called Malta, uses separate vats of molten salt and antifreeze-like liquid to store electricity as thermal energy and dispatch it to the grid when it's needed. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Using molten salt to store electricity isn’t just for solar thermal plants," 24 Dec. 2018 Arriving guests are handed a beer that is brewed right next to the check-in, in enormous stainless steel fermenting vats. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "The Seattle Hotel Playbook," 3 Dec. 2018 The milk comes into the vat at 6.7 pH, but will likely hit about 5.3 pH by the end of the process. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 Hawaii Blue’s dye vats are only big enough to fit one square yard of fabric. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "How OluKai Makes Its Hand-Dyed Indigo Kicks," 30 May 2018 While staff navigate this brewery’s steel vats and pipes, guests can sample from the dozen craft beers on tap along with elevated bar food. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "This Amsterdam Neighborhood Is Europe’s Newest Boho Paradise," 3 Oct. 2018 The way in which Quonset huts also filled with men, just men who didn’t speak English, were dipping those different kinds of chips into big, boiling vats of material, without the rest of Silicon Valley couldn’t happen. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 This was traditionally done in a giant vat, where milk was heated to 145 degrees for 30 minutes, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "4 Beverages You Should Never Drink Past the Expiration Date," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of vat

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vat

Noun

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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The first known use of vat was in the 12th century

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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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vat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vat

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

vat

noun
\ 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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VAT

noun
\ ˌvē-ˌā-ˈtē\

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