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 vouching

Contemporary Examples of vouching

Historical Examples of vouching

  • Long enough to have no hesitation in vouching for him, both as a man and as an artist.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • The Jews are not singular in this mode of vouching for the truth of wonderful stories.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

  • Oh no, you need not put yourself to the trouble of vouching for me.

  • While Mormon speakers quoted Anthon as vouching for the mysterious writing, their writers were more cautious.

    The Story of the Mormons

    William Alexander Linn

  • He accepted all his own private phenomena, but none of those, such as ‘raps’ and so forth, for which other people were vouching.

British Dictionary definitions for vouching



(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 vouching



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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