- 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 vouching
House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders have circled the wagons, vouching for Scalise.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
They are vouching for Shadman, saying he is a scapegoat of a shoddy investigation.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Long enough to have no hesitation in vouching for him, both as a man and as an artist.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
The Jews are not singular in this mode of vouching for the truth of wonderful stories.The Fairy Mythology
Oh no, you need not put yourself to the trouble of vouching for me.The Battle of Hexham;
While Mormon speakers quoted Anthon as vouching for the mysterious writing, their writers were more cautious.The Story of the Mormons
William Alexander Linn
He accepted all his own private phenomena, but none of those, such as ‘raps’ and so forth, for which other people were vouching.Cock Lane and Common-Sense
- (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 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.