\ 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

Examples of vouch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Knowing someone who already made it behind the velvet rope and can vouch for you is a plus. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Long-time readers of my political columns can vouch for that. Jason Williams, The Enquirer, 1 Sep. 2022 Ask friends, neighbors and family members to promote and vouch for you. Nerdwallet, cleveland, 24 July 2022 If your ideal summer involves outdoor movie nights (one reviewer's favorite use), al fresco dining on the patio with your partner, or plenty of reading in the sun, buyers all vouch for this daybed as a great solution. Annie Burdick, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2022 Allure commerce writer Jennifer Hussein can vouch for the staying power of Rose Inc's Blush Divine Clean Dewy Cream Blush. Sarah Hoffmann, Allure, 30 June 2022 Instagram is testing three options: requiring users to upload IDs; ask adult Instagram friends to vouch for their ages; or submit videos of their faces that will be analyzed to estimate age. Maddie Ellis, WSJ, 23 June 2022 The 50,000-plus fans who serenaded Anderson with a standing ovation can vouch for that. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 While our editors and contributors have used these masks and can vouch for their comfort and feel in public settings, a large majority of these should not be used for medical purposes. The Editors, Outside Online, 31 July 2020 See More

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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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“Vouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vouch. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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