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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The class also included a possible future vet, historian, chef and president. Christina Barron, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 After his return, he was declared a disabled vet, found to be suffering from PTSD, major depressive disorder and seizure disorder. Jennifer Peebles, ajc, 13 May 2022 That change wasn’t popular among some members of the public — including Soule, who used to work as a vet at the clinic from 2013 until 2019. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Apr. 2022 Hidano, a Korean War vet himself, has been disabled for 72 years after losing one of his legs in service. Fox News, 9 Apr. 2022 Greene looked like a 10-year vet in spring training before injuring his foot. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2022 One full-time staff member works in development, funded by a two-year grant; the other three on payroll work part-time, including director Wil Brant, a Navy vet who watches over the library’s operations with the quiet intensity of a sentry. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 30 Mar. 2022 With the ever-increasing cost of pet health combined with the potential adverse effects of vet prescribed pharmaceutical medications, many pet owners are looking for a safer and more affordable way to meet their dog's health and wellness needs: CBD. Sophie Saint Thomas, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Fans of The Challenge will soon be able to train like a vet. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, 16 Mar. 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 Members will be able to help vet candidates for the local police department. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 25 Apr. 2022 Members of Utah Parents United also showed up at legislative committee hearings throughout the recent session, speaking in favor of efforts to allow parents to vet teachers’ lesson plans and for more scrutiny of what educators can talk about. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Mar. 2022 Zookeepers don't plan to do vet checks on the baby big cats until the mother tiger has had time to bond with the triplets. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 23 Mar. 2022 Monday began seeking proposals from executive recruiting firms who can help find and vet candidates for police chief and big hopes to select a firm by late April and start the search in earnest for a new chief by late may. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 17 Mar. 2022 Many were recommended by the Good Housekeeping Institute's Parenting Lab experts, who test and vet toys and other gear to find presents that are safe and high quality (read: won't break immediately). Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 Your experience, knowledge and skills are among the primary factors recruiters use to vet job applicants. Forbes, 6 May 2022 But there is also value when journalists carefully vet information and tell us what’s important. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Naperville City Council members must privately vet appointees to city boards and commissions before nominees are announced to the public, Mayor Steve Chirico said this week. Suzanne Baker, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 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.

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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

22 May 2022

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“Vet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vet. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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)

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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