\ ˈvau̇ch How to pronounce vouch (audio) \
vouched; vouching; vouches

Definition of vouch

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intransitive verb

1a : to supply supporting evidence or testimony
b : to give personal assurance
2 : to give a guarantee : become surety

transitive verb

1 : to summon into court to warrant or defend a title
b : to verify (a business transaction) by examining documentary evidence
3 archaic
a : assert, affirm
b : attest
4 archaic : to cite or refer to as authority or supporting evidence



Definition of vouch (Entry 2 of 2)


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certify, attest, witness, vouch mean to testify to the truth or genuineness of something. certify usually applies to a written statement, especially one carrying a signature or seal. certified that the candidate had met all requirements attest applies to oral or written testimony usually from experts or witnesses. attested to the authenticity of the document witness applies to the subscribing of one's own name to a document as evidence of its genuineness. witnessed the signing of the will vouch applies to one who testifies as a competent authority or a reliable person. willing to vouch for her integrity

Examples of vouch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The employee asked Nationwide Source to vouch for the authenticity of the products. al, "Florida company allegedly sold thousands of fake COVID masks to Minnesota hospital, hit with injunction," 18 Jan. 2021 My good friend Randy Dearman of Onalaska can vouch for that. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Sightings of mountain lions are rare," 16 Jan. 2021 Since none of them has a mentor within the company to vouch for them, that removes my easiest criteria to make my decision. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What is it about you that makes you so special?," 14 Dec. 2020 Airlines will be able to require owners to vouch for the dog's health, behavior and training. David Koenig, Star Tribune, "US tightens definition of service animals allowed on planes," 2 Dec. 2020 Mahomes, breaking records at a dizzying pace in his fourth season, can vouch for that. Jarrett Bell, USA Today, "Eric Bieniemy is ready to be a head coach. Which NFL team will finally take him?," 30 Dec. 2020 Some Lions players took to Twitter to vouch for Coombs or cryptically question his removal. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions players defend Brayden Coombs as 'one hell of a coach' after he's fired," 21 Dec. 2020 Our tester can even vouch for the Magic Bullet's longevity, as she's been using it to make smoothies in her own kitchen for more than a year. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "This Magic Bullet blender set is the best for smoothies—and it's on mega-sale," 20 Dec. 2020 President-elect Joe Biden is set to get the vaccine in a few days and will also do so publicly to vouch for its safety. Tim O'donnell, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: December 19, 2020," 19 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of vouch


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vouch


Middle English vochen, vouchen, from Anglo-French voucher to call, vouch, from Latin vocare to call, summon, from vox voice — more at voice

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The first known use of vouch was in the 14th century

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7 Feb 2021

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“Vouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vouch. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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\ ˈvau̇ch How to pronounce vouch (audio) \
vouched; vouching

Kids Definition of vouch

: to give a guarantee The teacher vouched for their honesty.


\ ˈvau̇ch How to pronounce vouch (audio) \

Legal Definition of vouch

transitive verb

1 : to summon into court
2 : to verify (a business transaction) by examining documentary evidence

intransitive verb

1 : to become surety
2a : to supply supporting evidence or testimony
b : to give personal assurance

History and Etymology for vouch

Anglo-French voucher to call, summon, summon to court as guarantor of a title, ultimately from Latin vocare to call, summon

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