Friday, January 12, 2001
Definitions for vet
- To provide veterinary care for (an animal).
- To provide (a person) with medical care.
- To examine carefully; to subject to thorough appraisal; to evaluate.
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Citations for vet
She was the right age (in her fifties), and her personal background had been vetted during the Senate confirmation hearings.
The "Stasi files law," as it is popularly known, also made it possible to vet parliamentarians for Stasi connections.
Origin of vet
Vet is short for veterinary or veterinarian, which comes from Latin veterinarius, "of or belonging to beasts of burden and draught," from veterinus, "of draught, of beasts of burden." The earlier sense was "to submit to examination or treatment by a veterinary surgeon," hence "to subject to thorough appraisal."