vet

noun
\ ˈvet How to pronounce vet (audio) \

Definition of vet

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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

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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 center aims to keep those pets in their homes by offering free pet food and supplies, financial support and low-cost vet care, among other services. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19," 6 July 2020 Jesse, an Iraq War vet who was wounded in combat in 2007, had a job with an employment staffing company. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio nonprofit helps military families survive during coronavirus pandemic," 4 July 2020 If your pet has a microchip, make sure your correct contact info is recorded with the vet clinic or shelter that implanted the chip. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4," 3 July 2020 Bowens was a nine-year NFL vet when he was signed as a free agent in 2009. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Is Anthony Pleasant the best to wear No. 98? Ranking the best Browns to wear each jersey number: 96-99," 26 June 2020 Other newbies this season include Timeless‘ Claudia Doumit as wunderkind congresswoman Victoria Neuman, and another Timeless vet, Goran Visnjic, as mysterious church leader Alistair Adana. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The Boys season 2 gets September premiere, shifts to weekly schedule," 26 June 2020 The Humane Society of the United States advises owners to keep their pets away from fireworks, ask a vet for assistance if their pets are scared by fireworks, protect pets from heatstroke and get them a collar and identification tag. oregonlive, "What fireworks are legal, illegal in Oregon? What to know as Fourth of July nears," 24 June 2020 Aragon took down her original Facebook post -- which led to angry animal advocates harassing the sheriff’s office -- and said Sims did in fact pay for Simba’s vet bills. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Report: Marshall County sheriff’s deputy shoots homeowner’s dog after it tried to bite K-9 in training exercise," 24 June 2020 The move spells the end for Grand Army Tavern, a neighborhood bar opened in 2017 by Kaden and Maceda, another former New York City restaurant industry vet who previously ran The Tippler, a powerhouse cocktail bar at Manhattan’s Chelsea Market. oregonlive, "New Italian restaurant Campana will replace Grand Army Tavern full-time," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The underlying data in many of these case reports is overlapping and confusing, with little or no peer review to vet the findings. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "Agonizing Lag in Coronavirus Research Puts Pregnant Women and Babies at Risk," 6 July 2020 Bolton, who served as national security adviser from April 2018 to September 2019, worked with the White House for months to vet the manuscript for national security concerns, Cooper said. Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "Justice Department seeks court order to block release of book by former national security adviser John Bolton," 16 June 2020 Since the decision, the district has established a committee made up of educators, students and others from the community to vet potential nicknames. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Is the bell tolling for Native American mascots?," 22 June 2020 Blunt Rochester is working with former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former White House counsel Cynthia Hogan to vet the candidates. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "This black congresswoman has Joe Biden's ear — and is helping pick his running mate," 17 June 2020 The process is usually at least three times as long, giving the public and council ample chance to vet the budget. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Hundreds expected to turn out for Tuesday's city budget hearing," 16 June 2020 Khan, a member of the opposition Labour Party, ordered a review of the capital’s statues and street names to vet them for links to slavery. Alan Crawford, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit Britain Is Forced to Confront Its Inglorious Past," 12 June 2020 However, some analysts argue Airbnb does not have the same consistent standards that a hotel would have and individual properties can be difficult to vet. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Airbnb hosts struggle with how far to go to make properties safe during pandemic," 12 June 2020 But the company has at times struggled to adequately vet apps in the Google Play Store, allowing malicious programs through that thousands or millions of users go on to download. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Android 11 Will Help You Rein In Zombie App Permissions," 10 June 2020

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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Last Updated

8 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vet. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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