verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

noun Obsolete.

a vouching; an assertion.
a formal attestation; a supporting warrant.

Origin of vouch

1275–1325; Middle English vouchen < Anglo-French, Middle French vo(u)cher, Old French avochier < Latin advocāre; see advocate
Related formsun·vouched, adjectivewell-vouched, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vouches

Contemporary Examples of vouches

  • Of those 400, just 10 were actually certified by the Canadian industry authority, which vouches for quality.

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    Swine Flu Swindle

    Allan Dodds Frank

    October 5, 2009

Historical Examples of vouches

  • This was repeated to the writer by the mother, and he vouches for its truth.

  • He was not himself a witness of the occurrence, but vouches for the accuracy of the report.

    Welsh Folk-Lore

    Elias Owen

  • The reader his a right to know who vouches for the statements made in the text.

  • Fuller, again, it is who vouches for the sequel of the incident.

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

  • Madame is also delighted, and vouches enthusiastically for Merles delight.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

British Dictionary definitions for vouches



(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 for vouch

C14: from Old French vocher to summon, ultimately from Latin vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for vouches



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.

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