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

Definition of vouch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
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 Business leaders throughout Cincinnati will vouch for the methods and end results Albanese produces, including Brian Hicks, Xavier University's Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Former FC Cincinnati businessman Mike Albanese launches Hubble Partnerships," 18 Nov. 2019 Not confident enough in your ability to vouch for your friend's vino leanings? Meghan Kavanaugh, USA TODAY, "25 personalized gift ideas for every type of person," 15 Oct. 2019 The professor has testified once before, in 2015 shortly after Zhang was arrested, to vouch for his former student’s release on bail. Los Angeles Times, "Chinese professor accused of stealing tech secrets faces rare espionage trial," 6 Oct. 2019 New customers needed existing clients to vouch for them, prosecutors said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Espionage charges against top Canadian security official started with San Diego FBI cases," 17 Sep. 2019 Head coach Chris Holtmann and players have vouched that their leading scorer’s weight loss has opened up a lot of options for the Buckeyes this season. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State basketball vs Cedarville preview: TV info, key players, starters, prediction," 30 Oct. 2019 And Norton’s castmates vouched for the clarity of his communication on set. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Edward Norton’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ is a passion project both personal and professional," 25 Oct. 2019 Several high-ranking women at NBC News speaking on the condition of anonymity vouched for Oppenheim as a boss who has had a positive effect on the workplace since taking the job in February 2017. Stephen Battaglio, chicagotribune.com, "Ronan Farrow’s ‘Catch and Kill’ book is attacked by NBC News," 14 Oct. 2019 Hutchins is a beloved figure for many in the information security community and received an outpouring of character letters vouching for him. Kevin Collier, CNN, "WannaCry ransomware hero won't go to prison for creating banking malware," 26 July 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

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“Vouch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vouch. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for vouch


\ 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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