\ 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

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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The Los Angeles Times cannot verify the content of comments and does not vouch for their accuracy. Los Angeles Times, "Commenting guidelines," 16 July 2019 O’Neill also documents the solicitousness of Manson’s San Francisco parole officer, ever-ready to vouch for his character. Stephen Phillips, latimes.com, "What really happened in the Manson murders? ‘Chaos’ casts doubt on Helter Skelter theory," 12 July 2019 And even as a city official showed up to vouch for the artist and spoke with a DPD supervisor, McFly said the situation escalated. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "Sheefy McFly arrested by Detroit police — while working on mural for the city," 22 June 2019 Take Vito & Nick’s, arguably the first—and certainly the longest standing place (vouched for by Dolinsky and Chicago Pizza Tours founder Jonathan Porter)—to offer up Chicago-style thin crust. Jason Diamond, Bon Appétit, "Chicago’s Real Signature Pizza Is Crispy, Crunchy, and Nothing Like Deep Dish," 22 July 2019 After Luke Smith threw a gem to send the team to the Monday finale, Bennett went to talk to U of L coach Dan McDonnell to vouch for the start. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Meet Louisville baseball's starter for its elimination game vs. Mississippi State," 20 June 2019 Senator Klobuchar vouched for the other women’s commitment to reproductive freedom. Rachel Thomas, Marie Claire, "Having Six Women Running for President Changes Everything," 30 July 2019 Might make for an interesting documentary someday, though, if only to see who vouches for him and who doesn’t. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "David Price still has no clue what Dennis Eckersley is all about," 18 July 2019 One of the demands her group is making is for White House hopefuls to vouch their support for a legally-binding referendum that triggers a change in the island's political status if Puerto Ricans vote in favor of doing so once again. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Some progressives worry Puerto Rico is being left behind on 2020 campaign trail," 7 June 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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\ 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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