- 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.
- to sustain or uphold by, or as if by, practical proof or demonstration.
- (formerly) to call or summon (a person) into court to make good a warranty of title.
- to adduce or quote in support, as extracts from a book or author; cite in warrant or justification, as authority, instances, facts, etc.
- Archaic. to warrant or attest; to support or authenticate with vouchers.
- Archaic. to declare as with warrant; vouch for.
- Obsolete. to call or take as a witness.
- a vouching; an assertion.
- a formal attestation; a supporting warrant.
Origin of vouch
Examples from the Web for vouches
Of those 400, just 10 were actually certified by the Canadian industry authority, which vouches for quality.Swine Flu Swindle
Allan Dodds Frank
October 5, 2009
This was repeated to the writer by the mother, and he vouches for its truth.The Goat-gland Transplantation
Sydney B. Flower
He was not himself a witness of the occurrence, but vouches for the accuracy of the report.Welsh Folk-Lore
The reader his a right to know who vouches for the statements made in the text.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
Fuller, again, it is who vouches for the sequel of the incident.Sir Walter Ralegh
Madame is also delighted, and vouches enthusiastically for Merles delight.Twos and Threes
G. B. Stern
- (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 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.