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 baseball vet posted a video to Instagram on Wednesday (January 2) of himself and Lopez sweating it out at their local gym. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Alex Rodriguez Loves Jennifer Lopez So Much, He Works Out to Her Music," 3 Jan. 2019 The runway vet released a memoir this year (Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life) amidst starring in ads for Stewart Weitzman and Brazilian brands. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Is the Highest-Paid Model of 2018 After Earning $22.5 Million in a Year," 13 Dec. 2018 Getting recognized -- inside Starbucks, on the street, at the vet -- is becoming the new normal for Mai (pronounced like the month). Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Chartbreaker: Ella Mai Can't Believe How Huge 'Boo'd Up' Has Become: 'I Have No Words'," 20 June 2018 The nine vets support Nicholson's GOP opponent, Leah Vukmir. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kevin Nicholson's comments on military service upend Wisconsin U.S. Senate race," 3 May 2018 The 30-year vet previously served as senior vp global licensing at Diageo and vp marketing and licensing at Disney Consumer Products. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rep Sheet Roundup: WME Hires Yasmine Pearl," 16 Apr. 2018 The vets have included Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, David West and JaVale McGee. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Having some fun with futility – this is Suns Jeopardy!," 10 Apr. 2018 This does mark Williams' (and Arya's) first battle scene on GoT, but other war vets in the cast were just as exhausted filming this sequence. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Cast Had a "Really Miserable" Time Filming the Season 8 Battle Scene," 4 Mar. 2019 Although many regular vets do home visits, that's Lap of Love's specialty. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "My cat will never die, but in case he does get sick, Lap of Love vet has some tips," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By the time a high school jock got a letter announcing that an admissions committee was likely to admit them, Harberson said the kid had been pretty thoroughly vetted. Tyler Kingkade, Town & Country, "College Admissions Has a Fact-Checking Problem. Here's Why.," 24 Mar. 2019 The line, which comprises furniture, lighting, and ceramics, allows customers an easy way to incorporate vintage items pre-vetted by a designer into their homes. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Buy Vintage at CB2, Thanks to a Line from Charlie Ferrer," 14 Mar. 2019 Shortly after opening in 2007, we were visited and vetted by Relais & Chateaux agents. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 Beyond vetting purposes, Kaitlin informed me, cohabiting has other functions. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Breathless: Is Living Together Worth the Risk?," 26 Mar. 2019 Zara has a three-part process for vetting its products, according to Zara spokeswoman Amaya Guillermo. Abha Bhattarai, chicagotribune.com, "Why do retailers like Zara and H&M keep making headlines for offensive clothing?," 2 July 2018 In the case of Venezuelans, the review determined that alternative sources of information were sufficient for vetting visa applicants. Laurence Arnold, Bloomberg.com, "Who's Welcome (or Not) in U.S. After Trump Ban Upheld," 27 June 2018 Zinner stepped in, offering to take responsibility for vetting Gawande’s work. Felice J. Freyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Atul Gawande has long searched for a cure for the health care system," 25 June 2018 Since De Sousa was charged last Thursday with the criminal tax charges, Pugh administration officials have not said whether their process for vetting De Sousa included steps such as hiring private investigators and using lie detector tests. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "City solicitor: Baltimore will improve vetting of candidates after police chief Darryl De Sousa's suspension," 14 May 2018

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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