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vat

[vat] /væt/
noun
1.
a large container, as a tub or tank, used for storing or holding liquids:
a wine vat.
2.
Chemistry.
  1. a preparation containing an insoluble dye converted by reduction into a soluble leuco base.
  2. a vessel containing such a preparation.
verb (used with object), vatted, vatting.
3.
to put into or treat in a vat.
Origin of vat
1100
before 1100; Middle English (south); Old English fæt vessel; cognate with Old Norse fat vessel, German Fass keg
Related forms
unvatted, adjective
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vat

/væt/
noun
1.
a large container for holding or storing liquids
2.
(chem) a preparation of reduced vat dye
verb vats, vatting, vatted
3.
(transitive) to place, store, or treat in a vat
Word Origin
Old English fæt; related to Old Frisian fet, Old Saxon, Old Norse fat, Old High German faz

VAT

/sometimes væt/
abbreviation (in Britain)
1.
value-added tax: a tax levied on the difference between the cost of materials and the selling price of a commodity or service
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Word Origin and History for vats

vat

n.

early 13c., southern variant (see V) of Old English fæt "container, vat," from Proto-Germanic *fatan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse fat, Old Frisian fet, Middle Dutch, Dutch vat, Old High German faz, German faß).

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VATS

1.
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2.
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VAT

value-added tax
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