\ 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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In recent days, Isakson called the White House to express his concern that Jackson was unqualified, White House officials said, and vouched instead for his ally and former top aide Thomas Bowman, VA's deputy secretary. chicagotribune.com, "Senate to postpone confirmation hearing for Jackson to head Veterans Affairs, White House officials told," 24 Apr. 2018 And vouching for her credibility and her authenticity, as well. Fox News, "Sen. Lindsey Graham: I want Ford to be heard," 18 Sep. 2018 Following DeAndre's moment on stage, everyone turned to Adam to hear him rally for DeAndre—but his coach took the time to vouch for Reagan, instead. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything Adam Levine Said on 'The Voice' That Sparked Outrage Over Reagan Strange," 5 Dec. 2018 Yet, far from reporting Steele’s retreat to the FISA court, Grassley and Graham report that the FBI and Justice Department continued vouching for the reliability of his allegations. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Grassley-Graham Memo Affirms Nunes Memo — Media Yawns," 10 Feb. 2018 Most important, it has been vouched for by the Scotts. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The Property Brothers’ empire, explained," 14 Nov. 2018 The works, which had been vouched for by experts, were counterfeits of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and others. John Hooper, WSJ, "How a $30 Million Renaissance Masterpiece Was Found," 21 May 2018 The dam keeper, Tony Harnischfeger, summoned Mulholland and Mulholland's chief assistant, Harvey Van Norman, who inspected the dam and vouched for its safety. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: The 1928 St. Francis Dam collapse," 12 Mar. 2018 The Cardinals website quoted Bidwill saying that the letter for his former classmate at the private school in Montgomery County, Md., was to vouch for his character: The purpose of the letter is to talk about Brett as a person. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Arizona Cardinals president’s support for Kavanaugh draws accusations of a double standard in the sports world," 10 July 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 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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