1 [vet] Informal.
verb (used with object), vetted, vetting.
to examine or treat in one's capacity as a veterinarian or as a doctor.
to appraise, verify, or check for accuracy, authenticity, validity, etc.: An expert vetted the manuscript before publication.
verb (used without object), vetted, vetting.
to work as a veterinarian.

1860–65; short for veterinarian Unabridged


2 [vet]
noun, adjective Informal.

1865–70, Americanism; shortened form Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
vet1 (vɛt)
1.  short for veterinary surgeon
vb , vets, vetting, vetted
2.  chiefly (Brit) (tr) See also positive vetting to make a prior examination and critical appraisal of (a person, document, scheme, etc): the candidates were well vetted
3.  to examine, treat, or cure (an animal)

vet2 (vɛt)
(US), (Canadian) veteran short for veteran

abbreviation for
1.  veteran
2.  veterinarian
3.  veterinary

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Word Origin & History

1862, shortened form of veterinarian. The verb "to submit (an animal) to veterinary care" is attested from 1891; the colloquial sense of "subject to careful examination" (as of an animal by a veterinarian, especially of a horse before a race) is first attested 1904, in Kipling.

1848, shortened form of veteran.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. veteran

  2. veterinarian

  3. veterinary

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Example sentences
The vet had warned us that peritonitis is a condition that often recurs.
The third had the look of a countryman-a vet, perhaps, or a small farmer.
With an idea in hand, the first step is to submit a paper to a journal that in
  turn will vet it by a process known as peer review.
The vet and a biologist stay behind to watch over him until he wakes completely
  and stumbles off.
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