vet

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verb (used with object),vet·ted, vet·ting.
  1. to appraise, verify, or check for accuracy, authenticity, suitability, etc.: An expert vetted the manuscript before publication.

  2. to examine or treat in one's capacity as a veterinarian.

verb (used without object),vet·ted, vet·ting.
  1. to work as a veterinarian.

Origin of vet

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First recorded in 1860–65; short for veterinarian

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Other definitions for vet (2 of 3)

vet2
[ vet ]

noun, adjectiveInformal.

Origin of vet

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

Other definitions for vet. (3 of 3)

vet.

abbreviation
  1. veteran.

  2. veterinarian.

  1. veterinary.

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British Dictionary definitions for vet (1 of 3)

vet1

/ (vɛt) /


noun
verbvets, 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)

British Dictionary definitions for vet (2 of 3)

vet2

/ (vɛt) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for vet. (3 of 3)

vet.

abbreviation for
  1. veteran

  2. veterinarian

  1. veterinary

  • Also (for senses 2, 3): veter

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