vet

noun
\ˈvet \

Definition of vet 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

Check with your vet to see if your dog requires a summer shave. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "7 ways to protect your dog from heat stroke and hyperthermia," 20 June 2018 The Human Support Robot from Toyota is an advanced robot that’s been helping a paralyzed war vet at home. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Finally, a Good Grading System for Autopilot Tech," 11 June 2018 But a year into his recovery, Dexter heard about Paws'itive Teams (a non-profit dog therapy service that helps vets, people with special needs and the disabled) through his recovery program's therapy unit. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Adorable Service Dog Gave Vet With PTSD His Life Back," 9 Nov. 2016 Estes helped the vet identify pregnant targets—ideal specimens for the experiment, since they were guaranteed to be fertile. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle," 11 July 2018 That insight extends to her male characters, too, propelling her to cast Hell or High Water star Foster in the role of Will, the military vet whose demons keep him away from modern civilization. Nicole Sperling, HWD, "The Filmmaker Who Discovered Jennifer Lawrence Has Found a New Star in Leave No Trace," 26 June 2018 The Michalkas are Hollywood vets/multi-taskers, having survived the teenage Disney star machine (this writer’s words, not theirs), and have since found acting success in both box office and indie films and network comedies. Rachel Raczka, BostonGlobe.com, "Sisters Aly & AJ are doing it for themselves," 20 June 2018 The industry vets behind the brewery are champing at the bit to get their brews into the hands of L.A. beer fans. John Verive, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 New L.A. Breweries That Should Be on Your Beer Week Radar," 11 June 2018 At the vet’s office, there are tests to tell whether your pooch has the flu. National Geographic, "No, Killer Dog Flu Isn't the Next Human Pandemic," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported in September that a State Department investigator had been vetting him for a security clearance, signs that he would be tapped for a diplomatic post. Gordon R. Friedman, OregonLive.com, "Trump nominates Portland hotelier who gave him $1 million as EU ambassador," 11 May 2018 Navarro founded Sherman Financial, and two sources confirmed that the NFL is now vetting him. Albert Breer, SI.com, "The Panthers Should Have a New Owner By May. Who It Will Be Remains Unclear," 27 Mar. 2018 That is why Donald Trump won so much conservative street cred by creating an official, exclusive list of SCOTUS prospects that would be vetted by the fiercely anti-Roe legal activists of the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Are Democrats Crying Wolf on Threat to Abortion Rights?," 3 July 2018 Officials said a five-member committee within NOPD's recruitment division ensures candidates are properly vetted. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Why New Orleans still doesn't have enough police officers," 6 Apr. 2018 And pay close attention to products vetted by third party labs. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "5 Things to Know Before Buying Some of the Season's Trendiest Gifts," 17 Dec. 2015 Gorsuch and Kavanaugh were both on a list of 25 potential nominees that Leo vetted for Trump in 2016. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Watershed Moment in American History," 10 July 2018 Defendants admit as much, conceding that several of ORR’s vetting practices have no empirical foundation, but are rather self-serving hedges against political reproach. Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg.com, "‘Irrational’ Child-Detention Process Leaves Minors in Custody," 25 June 2018 Bethany Christian Services runs a school for 16 children in Anne Arundel County and arranges for their medical and mental health care while vetting relatives to take them in. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Dozens of children believed to have been separated from parents at the border are being cared for in Maryland," 20 June 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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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 \

Kids Definition of vet

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vet

noun

Kids Definition of vet (Entry 2 of 2)

vet

noun
\ˈvet \

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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