\ 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 Thomas worked behind the scenes, talking privately with at least two GOP senators to vouch for Rao’s credentials. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, "Former White House official Neomi Rao formally sworn in as newest federal appeals court judge in D.C.," 13 Sep. 2019 Any black person who wanted to vote had to have a white person vouch for them. al, "Historian Wayne Flynt defends Gov. Kay Ivey as a product of her times," 29 Aug. 2019 As long as Facebook or Google will vouch for you, most apps are happy to take them at their word, using open protocols like OAuth to verify the login. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Apple’s new sign-in button is built for a post-Cambridge Analytica world," 8 June 2019 Relations took a nosedive in the aftermath of the Vigano affair, when several U.S. bishops vouched for Vigano’s integrity and demanded the Vatican respond to his allegations. Washington Post, "Pope on critics: It’s ‘an honor if the Americans attack me’," 5 Sep. 2019 For example, in some states the parent has to get a religious leader or state official to vouch for their exemption or visit the health department, per a 2017 study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases that Omer coauthored. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Actually Counts as a Medical Exemption for Vaccines—and What's at Stake When They're Abused," 26 Aug. 2019 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

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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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to spread as a report or rumor

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