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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a few hours a vet is coming to our home to put down our 14-year-old Boston Terrier. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 25 May 2022 Marin Humane offers a pet safety net service that provides struggling pet owners with funds to pay for pet food, vet appointments and assistance with re-homing. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Dec. 2021 Nick Love, a 20-year music industry vet and eastside Atlanta native, has seen the changes up close, particularly as a former VP at Jeezy’s Corporate Thugs Entertainment. Mike Jordan, Rolling Stone, 28 July 2022 While not everyone is cut out for this line of veterinary care, Matt says people who enjoy variety and have few animal fears would make a good exotic vet. Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star, 14 July 2022 As a vet in the game and a beloved wellness coach to celebrities and civilians alike, Queen Afua has keen insight into healing Black and brown bodies with celery, beets, blueberries, and more. Taiia Smart Young, refinery29.com, 14 July 2022 Under a vet’s supervision, a blood test, ultrasound, X-ray or abdominal palpation are the most common ways to accurately tell if your cat is pregnant. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 The military advisor is Kyle A. Berg, a combat vet who served three years in Afghanistan. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2022 The company also put together an advisory team of health care professionals—including a vet and a dentist—to provide feedback on its products. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 30 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or noun Right now, the team is made up of three pre-vet students. al, 24 Oct. 2021 Many animal science classes coincide with pre-vet requirements that are junior- and senior-level classes. Arkansas Online, 7 June 2021 Lindsey said the pre-vet curriculum at UAM is difficult. Arkansas Online, 7 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Through May and June, a small circle of officials across the government worked to vet the intelligence and devise options for Biden. Zeke Miller, Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 Some records of Cat’s life are confidential and her accounts are difficult to vet, but many details check out, including a photo of her Las Vegas gaming license and her London transit pass for the Baltic cruise. Gale Hollandstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 Commingling personal finance and business capital can become confusing and messy down the road, making deductions and business write-offs challenging to vet. Kale Goodman, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Of course, be sure to vet apps thoroughly before installing them on a machine. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 26 July 2022 Michael Thaddeus, the math professor who first raised questions about Columbia’s data on his webpage in February, said the news pointed to the flaws of a rankings system that did not independently vet the data behind it. New York Times, 8 July 2022 In Switzerland, financial authorities in 2018 banned Gazprombank’s Swiss affiliate from accepting new private clients, citing the bank’s breach of anti-money laundering rules and its failure to vet transactions. Dan De Luce, NBC News, 18 June 2022 City leaders have chosen to make spending decisions faster than the county, which has used a task force to vet ideas before making recommendations to the County Board's Finance Committee and, ultimately, the 18-member County Board. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2022 Leaders must diligently seek out and vet tools and tactics to add to the fold that can surface quality collective intelligence from their employees, that is actionable. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 9 June 2022 See More

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.

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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14 Aug 2022

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“Vet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vet. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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vet

noun
\ ˈvet How to pronounce vet (audio) \

Kids Definition of vet

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vet

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Kids Definition of vet (Entry 2 of 2)

vet

noun
\ ˈvet How to pronounce vet (audio) \

Medical Definition of vet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

vet

transitive verb
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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