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[vouch] /vaʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
noun, Obsolete.
a vouching; an assertion.
a formal attestation; a supporting warrant.
Origin of vouch
1275-1325; Middle English vouchen < Anglo-French, Middle French vo(u)cher, Old French avochier < Latin advocāre; see advocate
Related forms
unvouched, adjective
well-vouched, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • How would you like to give me a letter, vouching for this as the pistol Mr. Fleming killed himself with?

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • Long enough to have no hesitation in vouching for him, both as a man and as an artist.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • And it seems to me I wouldn't like to have this Association go on record as vouching for this explanation exactly.

  • The Jews are not singular in this mode of vouching for the truth of wonderful stories.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • The first was a letter introducing Samuel Swartwout, and vouching for his prudence, courage and trustworthiness.

    A Dream of Empire William Henry Venable
  • He accepted all his own private phenomena, but none of those, such as ‘raps’ and so forth, for which other people were vouching.

  • It was upon my vouching personally for your gentility that your challenge was accepted.

    Sons and Fathers Harry Stillwell Edwards
  • Within thirty minutes I had lawyer and bank men before the Postmaster, vouching for my identity.

    My Adventures with Your Money George Graham Rice
British Dictionary definitions for vouching


(intransitive) usually foll by for. to give personal assurance; guarantee: I'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)
(transitive) (English legal history) to summon (a person who had warranted title to land) to defend that title or give up land of equal value
(transitive) (archaic) to cite (authors, principles, etc) in support of something
(transitive) (obsolete) to assert
(obsolete) the act of vouching; assertion or allegation
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vocher to summon, ultimately from Latin vocāre to call
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vouching



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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