vet

noun
\ ˈvet How to pronounce vet (audio) \

Definition of vet

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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 Important too is my need to understand whether my already stretched financial requirements could afford such doggie expenses as visits to the vet, buying specialized pet food, maybe even investing in doggie insurance or obedience school. Bea Lewis, sun-sentinel.com, "A home for Fido? Not sure | Opinion," 1 Nov. 2019 It's gotten to the point where I'm not even offended by the idea of going to the vet and getting on a dog scale. Esme Mazzeo, Marie Claire, "Stitch Fix Gave Me the Confidence to Shop as a Wheelchair User," 23 Aug. 2019 Officers returned for a follow-up inspection and learned that while Thor had been taken to a vet, he was only given vaccinations and heart-worm treatment. Fox News, "Florida sheriff escorts man to jail after 'extremely emaciated' dog found: 'This is how we treat you'," 10 Dec. 2019 With medications - including chemo - and screening tests, my vet bills have totaled in the thousands. Marlene Cimons, chicagotribune.com, "I have 6 dependents on health care: 4 cats, 2 dogs," 3 Dec. 2019 Owners will complete periodic online surveys and take their dogs to the vet once a year, with the possibility of extra visits for certain tests. NBC News, "Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science," 14 Nov. 2019 Some cards even offer a sign-up bonus that can defray a vet bill. Washington Post, "Don’t let your vet bill dog you forever," 1 Oct. 2019 Lawyers for Attorney General Xavier Becerra said a transparency law that took effect this year never intended for his office to commit the extraordinary resources needed to vet so many records. Washington Post, "Battle over police records reaches California appeals court," 20 Dec. 2019 Everyone talked about helping vets, but no one was there to point them in the right direction. cincinnati.com, "Hidden in plain sight," 5 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Vetting issues The job of overseeing medical care at Pulaski has also been largely given over to physicians from outside the prison system, including one whose background indicates the state’s vetting process still has gaps. Danny Robbins, ajc, "Women’s deaths raise new concerns about prison medical care," 13 Dec. 2019 That's because most fraudulent toys haven’t been vetted with safety tests and verified to comply with U.S. toy safety standards. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Avoid dangerous toys, scams and counterfeits this holiday shopping season with these tips," 9 Dec. 2019 The incident further heightened scrutiny of the Trump administration’s vetting process. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "She faked her resume to get a government job. Now she’ll spend at least a year in jail.," 4 Dec. 2019 Once the owner of the key has been vetted, the winner will receive their prize money via PayPal, Sanford said. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Upcoming art display treasure hunt to donate portion of proceeds to the Houston Food Bank," 2 Dec. 2019 The previously unreported finding raises questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process for top officials. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Eating local meat just got a bit harder," 27 Nov. 2019 Mina Chang, the senior State Department official whose inflated résumé and faked Time magazine cover raised further questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process, has resigned. Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "State Department official accused of inflating résumé and faking Time cover has resigned," 19 Nov. 2019 But the decision of a parliamentary committee to rule out two nominees before the full hearings had even started, an unprecedented move, suggests that the parliament’s vetting process will be even spikier this time round. The Economist, "Two European Commission nominees fall at the first hurdle," 3 Oct. 2019 The petition also calls for improvements in the conference sponsor vetting process. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "How Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Crossed the Road: raceAhead," 29 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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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

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“Vet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vetting. Accessed 20 January 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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