vouch

verb
\ 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

vouch

noun

Definition of vouch (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete

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Verb

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 This column is not about to vouch for the integrity of the Biden Justice Department given activist Attorney General Merrick Garland’s disturbing recent record. James Freeman, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 To address the gap, health officials and some Black churches have sought to use the power of the pulpit to vouch for the safety of vaccines and to push back against misinformation. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2021 To address the gap, health officials and some Black churches have sought to use the power of the pulpit to vouch for the safety of vaccines and to push back against misinformation. Liam Stack, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 It’s Sheryl who makes sure Lexis doesn’t vouch for Kristen’s whereabouts on the night of LeRoux’s murder to the police. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 25 July 2021 In essence, the rule leverages the due diligence completed by qualified investors and government agencies to vouch for the growth potential of the founder’s startup. Yec, Forbes, 7 June 2021 These people will vouch for you in advance, meaning that the people who join your network, later on, will come with a pre-established level of trust toward you. Anna Jankowska, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Who is willing to vouch for your character, work ethic and performance? Michael Hoffman, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 Jighere needed someone to vouch for him — and quickly. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of vouch

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vouch

Verb

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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17 Oct 2021

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“Vouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vouch. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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vouch

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

Kids Definition of vouch

: to give a guarantee The teacher vouched for their honesty.

vouch

verb
\ 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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