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vet

1
[vet]Informal.
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noun
  1. veterinarian.
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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.
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verb (used without object), vet·ted, vet·ting.
  1. to work as a veterinarian.
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Origin of vet

1
First recorded in 1860–65; short for veterinarian

vet

2
[vet]
noun, adjective Informal.
  1. veteran.
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Origin of vet

2
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; shortened form

vet.

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Related Words for vet

efficient, effective, sophisticated, experienced, talented, capable, knowledgeable, proficient, licensed, accomplished, trained, equipped, competent, adequate, disciplined, certified, wise, skillful, qualified, hardened

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British Dictionary definitions for vet

vet

1
noun
  1. short for veterinary surgeon
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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)
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vet

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

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

n.1

1862, shortened form of veterinarian.

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n.2

1848, shortened form of veteran.

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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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