\ 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 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 Your network can vouch for your work ethic and skills, as well as connect you to people and opportunities. Nicole Serena Silver, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Jen Schmitz can vouch for the friendships that come from billeting. Casey Brogan, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Apr. 2022 The picture is enough not only to vouch for TJ’s grift, but to attach himself to it, trying to milk Will dry. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2022 Virgil Chapman, the chief deputy sheriff of Clarke County, can vouch for that. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 10 Mar. 2022 Well, look no further: Our very own staff can vouch for the following 22 recipes as middle-of-the-week keepers. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 31 Jan. 2022 Ridley can vouch for Saget's industry-wide reputation as a nice, caring person. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 10 Jan. 2022 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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2 Jul 2022

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“Vouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vouch. Accessed 6 Jul. 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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