vet

noun
\ ˈvet How to pronounce vet (audio) \

Definition of vet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

vet

adjective or noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Copies of vaccination records and the contact information of your pet’s vet should also be included in your important documents. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 The film was written by Abe Sylvia and directed by Search Party and The State vet Michael Showalter. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021 But if your dog gets bit, call the vet as soon as possible. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 June 2021 Seeing the sitcom vet re-wear one of her character's -- the fashionable Fran Fine from Flushing -- classic looks left fans thrilled. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 9 June 2021 The vet began massaging Oliver’s rear area and yanking at his back legs. Morgan Meis, The New Yorker, 8 June 2021 Based on his teeth, the vet placed him at 3 to 5 years old. Sean Milroy, cleveland, 3 June 2021 What if my dog hates walking through the vet's doors? Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 2 June 2021 The latest Ballast Point vet to move on and cast his dream into brick-and-mortar reality is Daren Rudy, who teamed with co-founder Alex Kim to take over the Kearny Mesa facility that once housed Circle 9 Brewing. Brandon Hernández, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or noun Lindsey said the pre-vet curriculum at UAM is difficult. Arkansas Online, 7 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the forester’s report, released by the state Monday, contradicted or didn’t vet some of the allegations that whistleblowers made in testimony to lawmakers in late April and early May. oregonlive, 8 June 2021 As for hiring the right people, Staszak says, vet everyone with referrals, and see their work in person, either in a showroom or a former client’s home. Washington Post, 25 May 2021 And D'Silva emphasizes that Private Compute Core is fully open source, so developers can vet the setup for flaws. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 18 May 2021 House Bill 2936 would vet new hires at law enforcement agencies, establish social media policies, and standardize statewide background checks. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 28 Apr. 2021 While pharmacies and other retail outlets may vet their supplement products to the extent feasible before putting them on their shelves, that’s no guarantee that the quality and concentration are as advertised. Bonnie Darves, SELF, 23 Apr. 2021 Outside accountants also vet the information provided to local tax authorities, potentially reducing the likelihood of fraud. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2021 The most crucial step then is to review one's track record and vet their references. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Epic contends others could safely vet apps if allowed to create their own app stores. Tim Higgins, WSJ, 9 May 2021

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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About vet

Statistics for vet

Last Updated

15 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Vet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vet. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vet

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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

More from Merriam-Webster on vet

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for vet

Nglish: Translation of vet for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of vet for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!