vet

noun
\ ˈvet How to pronounce vet (audio) \

Definition of vet

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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 only meaningful variation pollsters found among vets was by party identification: Republican-identifying veterans were likelier to approve of the wars. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Most Veterans Say America’s Wars Are a Waste. No One’s Listening to Them.," 12 July 2019 Beyond the possibility of protecting their dogs from cancer, owners get free vet checks for their dogs two to three times a year for five years—and financial support for diagnosis and treatment of any cancer that develops. Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED, "Why Dogs Now Play a Big Role in Human Cancer Research," 12 July 2019 The researchers and vets begin to dismantle Punctuation’s body. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 Aging vets stood quietly alongside younger couples holding babies. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "The patriotic story of 25,000 US flags that went out in a blaze of Old Glory," 2 July 2019 Urban Animal vets see relatively few dogs with serious bite wounds, which surprises Trusheim given the concentration of pets in Amazon pods, hallways and elevators. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019 Veterans tell me that medical practice standards embedded in the initiative are driving vets to suicide by denying them treatment with opioid pain relievers. STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019 The symptoms may be acute, triggered by particular events like vet visits, and alleviated afterward. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 Pro Squad #2 is STACKED—@DannyWuerffel leads AFFL vets @nate_robinson @MichaelVick @j_avant81 and the rest of Florida Fury into the 2019 #UltimateFinals. Stephen Ruiz, orlandosentinel.com, "Danny Wuerffel aims for another championship, this time in flag football and as Michael Vick’s teammate," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Following the controversy, some parents have asked how such an oversight occurred, when senior quotes were vetted months in advance. Sawsan Morrar, sacbee, "Folsom student said ‘cracker’ in her senior quote – and sparked a debate about diversity," 4 June 2019 Azar said a sponsor — such as a relative or a parent already in the United States — could take the children once they are vetted for criminal or violent histories. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Separated immigrant children in Florida will be 'expeditiously' reunited with family, official says," 26 June 2018 Transport for London's chief complaints were safety and security of riders, including how drivers were vetted. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Uber Tells London's Regulators "We've Changed"," 25 June 2018 Jefferson Parish adviser broke laws on eligibility, homestead exemption, inquiry finds Planning Advisory Board member didn't live or vote in Jefferson; vetting called inadequate . . . . . . . Drew Broach, nola.com, "Jefferson inspector general must give reason to question Parish Council member, judge rules," 22 June 2019 This raises the question of what purpose the article might serve for the government officials who talked to the newspaper and those who vetted the publication. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Russia’s power grid is an easy target for US hacking," 21 June 2019 The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation must create an international board that vets all commercial guide services, giving licenses only to those that meet the highest standards of safety, professionalism, and client support. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, "How to Fix Everest," 20 June 2019 His sudden departure raises questions about vetting within the Trump administration. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump kicks off 2020 campaign, charges in MH17 attack & evolution of puppy dog eyes: The Morning Rundown," 19 June 2019 Thoroughly vetting these applications prior to publishing them doesn't seem like an unmanageable load for Samsung to bear... and if a malicious app does sneak past, can Samsung not simply revoke the app from the back end? Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Samsung asks users to please virus-scan their TVs," 18 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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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