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vet

1
[ vet ]
/ vɛt /
Informal.
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Definition of vet

noun
verb (used with object), vet·ted, vet·ting.
to appraise, verify, or check for accuracy, authenticity, suitability, etc.: An expert vetted the manuscript before publication.
to examine or treat in one's capacity as a veterinarian.
verb (used without object), vet·ted, vet·ting.
to work as a veterinarian.
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Origin of vet

1
First recorded in 1860–65; short for veterinarian

Other definitions for vet (2 of 3)

vet2
[ vet ]
/ vɛt /

noun, adjective Informal.

Origin of vet

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

Other definitions for vet (3 of 3)

vet.

abbreviation
veteran.
veterinarian.
veterinary.
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British Dictionary definitions for vet (1 of 3)

vet1
/ (vɛt) /

noun
verb vets, vetting or vetted
(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
to examine, treat, or cure (an animal)

British Dictionary definitions for vet (2 of 3)

vet2
/ (vɛt) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for vet (3 of 3)

vet.

abbreviation for
veteran
veterinarian
veterinary
Also (for senses 2, 3): veter
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