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 first was a Certificate of Appreciation from the members of the American Legion Post 703, the second was a Proclamation from Parma mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter, honoring the vet on his 99th birthday. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, "99-year-old World War II vet gets surprise drive-by birthday celebration in Parma (photos)," 8 May 2020 The relationships with the vets began in 2017, when a group of them spoke at the school. Danica Kirka And Alex Turnbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "Letters from teens bring warmth to vets 75 years after WWII," 7 May 2020 The young coach from rural Montana and the vet from SEC country bonded quickly. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "IU football: New defensive line coach Kevin Peoples represents impressive coaching tree," 6 May 2020 The comprehensive vet certainly would have turned up any formal complaints filed against Biden during his 36-year career in the Senate. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "David Axelrod: Obama 2008 campaign found no allegations of sexual assault involving Biden," 2 May 2020 Turns out, the Longhorns’ new faces were too much for the vet. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Newcomers rally Texas past UTSA in baseball home opener," 18 Feb. 2020 According to one vet, once Howard arrived, everything changed. Los Angeles Times, "Howard’s end: Why infamous tabloid editor exited longtime National Enquirer publisher," 22 Apr. 2020 With city hospitals facing a ventilator shortage as coronavirus cases multiply, Mayor Bill De Blasio on Tuesday urged vets, plastic surgeons and others who might have the potentially life-saving equipment to lend it for the duration of the crisis. USA TODAY, "Ballet for seniors, Dr. Fauci bobblehead, Patriots’ plane ferries N95 masks: News from around our 50 states," 3 Apr. 2020 My grandfather, a Sappony man and World War II vet, is 93 years old. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Protecting Native Elders in a Pandemic," 27 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dries of Brookfield was one of five finalists that emerged from 36 applicants vetted by a merit selection panel. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clerk of federal court named magistrate judge for Eastern District of Wisconsin," 8 Apr. 2020 Allow schools to pick KDE to lead any turnaround efforts, but allow other options vetted by state education leaders to also be considered. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "House committee advances legislation altering school accountability rules," 18 Mar. 2020 Providence’s hiring process is rigorous and doctors are also vetted by the state’s medical board to get permission to practice here, the hospital said in a statement. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Allegations of ‘bullying’ behavior in previous job surface against Alaska child abuse clinic director," 3 Mar. 2020 It’s folks vetted by the Trump administration, whose admittance into the country is in the interest of the United States. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "In letter to Republican leaders, Ohio GOP chair defends DeWine decision to accept refugees," 24 Jan. 2020 Once they are vetted and accepted, the system gives them the freedom to explore U.S. culture while attending military schools. Fox News, "Pensacola shooting spotlights security concerns in US military programs to train foreign troops," 11 Dec. 2019 Lausch was one of a handful of candidates considered and vetted by Illinois’ GOP congressional delegation. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: There’s finally aggressive action against corruption in Illinois — and you can thank President Trump," 18 Nov. 2019 Content marketing articles are often written by former journalists and vetted by former editors; videos are produced by professional videographers. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland.com, "How Cleveland became center of Content Marketing World," 27 Aug. 2019 These disputes should be settled in the open, with the evidence vetted by both sides. Michael P. Maguire, The Mercury News, "Opinion: E-scooter firms silence injured riders’ legal claims," 21 Aug. 2019

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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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vet. Accessed 28 May. 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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