\ˈvau̇ch \
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

2a : prove, substantiate

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

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After all, Durant and Green were among the players that vouched for Cousins after averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists, while shooting 47 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from 3-point range. Mark Medina, sacbee, "‘Y’all going to get along?’ Warriors’ Bell has flashback to Durant-Cousins scuffle," 4 July 2018 Ahead of the confirmation vote in April, Inhofe came to Wheeler's defense and vouched for both his character and anti-regulation bona fides. Eli Watkins, CNN, "Republican senator suggests Pruitt's number 2 lead EPA," 13 June 2018 After the story was shared by the team Twitter account, teammates, former teammates and other team employees chimed in, vouching for Gresham’s character, stating this is nothing unusual for him. Jess Root, USA TODAY, "Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham helps student at airport," 30 May 2018 The carrier is joining rival airlines in tightening rules for passengers flying with emotional support animals, expanding the list of animals that can’t fly in addition to requiring customers vouch for their animal’s ability to behave. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "American Airlines bans emotional support amphibians, ferrets, goats and more," 14 May 2018 Many of those women — and men — are now deployed to vouch for Judge Kavanaugh in a campaign coordinated by CRC Public Relations, a Washington firm whose conservative clients include the Federalist Society, according to its website. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Judge Kavanaugh’s Former Clerks: Diverse, and Deployed to Vouch for Him," 11 July 2018 At a small press briefing in New York City yesterday, a dozen different professionals and students, all hand-picked by Apple, were on hand to vouch for the new products. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's MacBook Pros Get Faster Chips, New Keyboards (Kinda)," 12 July 2018 The director of the Mariposas, Yolanda Rocha, with whom Ms. Quintanilla has spoken about the journey, vouched for the account Ms. Quintanilla shared with The New York Times. New York Times, "‘They Were Abusing Us the Whole Way’: A Tough Path for Gay and Trans Migrants," 11 July 2018 Incoming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vouched for their authenticity. Or Rabinowitz, Washington Post, "What Netanyahu’s dramatic speech about Iran’s nuclear program revealed — and concealed," 4 May 2018

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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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\ˈvau̇ch \
vouched; vouching

Kids Definition of vouch

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


\ˈvau̇ch \

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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