- to support as being true, certain, reliable, etc. (usually followed by for): Her record in office vouches for her integrity.
- to attest; guarantee; certify (usually followed by for): to vouch for someone in a business transaction.
- to sustain or uphold by, or as if by, practical proof or demonstration.
- (formerly) to call or summon (a person) into court to make good a warranty of title.
- to adduce or quote in support, as extracts from a book or author; cite in warrant or justification, as authority, instances, facts, etc.
- Archaic. to warrant or attest; to support or authenticate with vouchers.
- Archaic. to declare as with warrant; vouch for.
- Obsolete. to call or take as a witness.
- a vouching; an assertion.
- a formal attestation; a supporting warrant.
Origin of vouch
Examples from the Web for vouch
In a stroke of genius, he enlisted Bundy to vouch for him on tape.Cliven Bundy’s Brokeback Mountain Moment
October 19, 2014
Well, I can vouch for that statement—give someone everything and then take it all away and watch how they respond.Sandi Thom On How To Make It As A Female Rock Star
April 9, 2014
The White House has been rounding up senators to vouch for her.Roger Ferguson Is Wall Street’s Fantasy for Federal Reserve Chairman
September 24, 2013
I will be glad to hand this binder down to my niece and vouch for its comfort.‘Binders Full of Women’ Invades Amazon.com
October 18, 2012
Just like with that previous treaty, the Obama administration has trotted out a diplomatic dream team to vouch for its merits.GOP Opposes Broadly Supported Treaty—Again
June 21, 2012
She seemed to take charge, to adopt me with the house, to accept and audit and vouch for us.The Bacillus of Beauty
It was said, afterwards, we were in five fathoms water at this time, but for this I will not vouch.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I give you the rumour as it has reached me; but I cannot, as yet, vouch for its accuracy.The Mudfog and Other Sketches
I can only vouch for its veracity by quoting the famous phrase, "If you see it in the Sun, it is so."Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
The publisher of this paper will vouch for my entire reliability.The Mayflower, January, 1905
- (intr usually foll by for) to give personal assurance; guaranteeI'll vouch for his safety
- (when tr, usually takes a clause as object; when intr, usually foll by for) to furnish supporting evidence (for) or function as proof (of)
- (tr) English legal history to summon (a person who had warranted title to land) to defend that title or give up land of equal value
- (tr) archaic to cite (authors, principles, etc) in support of something
- (tr) obsolete to assert
- obsolete the act of vouching; assertion or allegation
Word Origin and History for vouch
early 14c., "summon into court to prove a title," from Anglo-French voucher, Old French vocher "to call, summon, invoke, claim," probably from Gallo-Romance *voticare, metathesis of Latin vocitare "to call to, summon insistently," frequentative of Latin vocare "to call, call upon, summon" (see voice (n.)). Meaning "guarantee to be true or accurate" is first attested 1590s. Related: Vouched; vouching.