\ 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
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 If an organization needs to corral a group of women to publicly vouch for a safe and fair working environment—well, by then the situation has perhaps already grown untenable. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The 2020 Grammys Fiasco," 24 Jan. 2020 Freund vouched for Cunningham in a phone call with the caseworker. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "Two troubled people met at a McHenry County courthouse in 2012. Today, they stand charged in the murder of their 5-year-old son.," 25 Oct. 2019 One Nordstrom executive vouched for Brunel and his skills as a model scout. Kim Bhasin, Fortune, "Major Retailers Had ‘Tremendous’ Concerns About Fashion Model Scout’s Ties to Jeffrey Epstein," 19 Aug. 2019 Reuters could not vouch for the authenticity of the images. NBC News, "At least 14 killed in bloody gunfight in northern Mexico," 1 Dec. 2019 The interesting follow was that Ross went to bat for these guys in the punishment phase and vouched for their good characteristics. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot: To catch a thief with Tom Walter, Perot drove the getaway car," 11 July 2019 More than 50 mostly Western governments have vouched their support for the Venezuelan opposition, but the military has remained loyal to the ruling leftist government. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Trump says Russia told the U.S. "most of their people" have left Venezuela," 3 June 2019 The cast and crew have vouched to donate their profits made Sunday, Jan. 26 to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund and WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' to Help Australian Wildfire Crisis With Show Profits & Benefit Event," 14 Jan. 2020 In 2015, after a string of terrorist attacks in Paris, a group of about thirty state officials across the country called for a halt in refugee resettlement until governors could vouch for the safety of the program. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "How the White House Is Trying—and Failing—to Keep States from Resettling Refugees," 20 Dec. 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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19 Feb 2020

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“Vouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vouching. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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