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vet1

[vet] /vɛt/
noun
verb (used with object), vetted, vetting.
2.
to examine or treat in one's capacity as a veterinarian or as a doctor.
3.
to appraise, verify, or check for accuracy, authenticity, validity, etc.:
An expert vetted the manuscript before publication.
verb (used without object), vetted, vetting.
4.
to work as a veterinarian.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; short for veterinarian

vet2

[vet] /vɛt/
noun, adjective, Informal.
1.
Origin
1865-70, Americanism; shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for vets

vet1

/vɛt/
noun
1.
short for veterinary surgeon
verb vets, vetting, vetted
2.
(transitive) (mainly Brit) to make a prior examination and critical appraisal of (a person, document, scheme, etc): the candidates were well vetted See also positive vetting
3.
to examine, treat, or cure (an animal)

vet2

/vɛt/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) short for veteran (sense 2), veteran (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for vets

vet

n.

1862, shortened form of veterinarian.

1848, shortened form of veteran.

v.

"to submit (an animal) to veterinary care," 1891, from veterinarian. 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. Related: Vetted; vetting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for vets

verse

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chapter and verse


vest

noun

An important person; suit (1976+)

Related Terms

play close to the vest


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Related Abbreviations for vets

VETS

Veterans' Employment and Training Service

vet

  1. veteran
  2. veterinarian
  3. veterinary
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