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

Definition of vouch

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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 Also, mentors can vouch for you in a way that no one else can. Kate Peters, Forbes, "Look To Your Fellow Leaders To Find Leadership Opportunities," 12 Apr. 2021 Those narratives, however, mask the more complex dynamic unfolding at Condé Nast, a once-great publishing empire struggling to find its way in an altered business climate — and hardly in a position to vouch for a new hire on issues of race. Washington Post, "Inside the Teen Vogue mess — which is really a Condé Nast mess," 4 Apr. 2021 Anyone who's been to the nail salon around Valentine's Day can vouch for that. Michella Oré, Glamour, "Heart Nails Are Trending, and They're Ridiculously Chic," 2 Apr. 2021 But don’t take our word for it: This all-star has nearly 34,000 5-star reviews on Amazon to vouch for its efficacy. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "27 products that tackle your skin care concerns overnight," 15 Mar. 2021 Lapid, a onetime news anchor who advocates a Palestinian state, would be the most palatable for centrist Democrats, who vouch safe support for the Jewish state but cannot abide its lurch to the right under Netanyahu. Washington Post, "As Israelis head back to elections, there’s a new twist: Democrats in Washington," 16 Mar. 2021 And though there aren’t as many people around these parts to vouch for Brady’s competitive streak, there are plenty of legends to choose from, and many of them sound familiar. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Drew Brees and Tom Brady, ageless wonders and competitive as ever -- at everything," 15 Jan. 2021 Texas Republicans, who have been a key players in the fight to protect fossil fuels, as some Democrats vouch for renewable solutions to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, were quick to advocate for the necessity of oil and gas. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Energy policy debates heat up for politicians as Texas freezes and power outages span the state," 15 Feb. 2021 The employee asked Nationwide Source to vouch for the authenticity of the products. al, "Florida company allegedly sold thousands of fake COVID masks to Minnesota hospital, hit with injunction," 18 Jan. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Vouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vouch. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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