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vet1

[vet]Informal.
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noun
  1. veterinarian.
verb (used with object), vet·ted, vet·ting.
  1. to examine or treat in one's capacity as a veterinarian or as a doctor.
  2. to appraise, verify, or check for accuracy, authenticity, validity, etc.: An expert vetted the manuscript before publication.
verb (used without object), vet·ted, vet·ting.
  1. to work as a veterinarian.

Origin of vet1

First recorded in 1860–65; short for veterinarian

vet2

[vet]
noun, adjective Informal.
  1. veteran.

Origin of vet2

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; shortened form

vet.

  1. veteran.
  2. veterinarian.
  3. veterinary.
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British Dictionary definitions for vet

vet1

noun
  1. short for veterinary surgeon
verb vets, vetting or vetted
  1. (tr) mainly British to make a prior examination and critical appraisal of (a person, document, scheme, etc)the candidates were well vetted See also positive vetting
  2. to examine, treat, or cure (an animal)

vet2

noun
  1. US and Canadian short for veteran (def. 2), veteran (def. 3)

vet.

abbreviation for
  1. veteran
  2. veterinarian
  3. veterinary
Also (for senses 2, 3): veter
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Word Origin and History for vet

n.1

1862, shortened form of veterinarian.

n.2

1848, shortened form of veteran.

v.

"to submit (an animal) to veterinary care," 1891, from veterinarian. The colloquial sense of "subject to careful examination" (as of an animal by a veterinarian, especially of a horse before a race) is first attested 1904, in Kipling. Related: Vetted; vetting.

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