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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

vet.

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  • 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.
  • The next installment in the quiet exploits of the best fictional vet around.
  • These groups helped me uncover experimental treatments, which our vet was willing to try.
  • Workshops or citizen advisory committees and juries can be held to vet the issues involved.
  • Too bad there is not some way the author could have had you all vet the article keep it up.
  • The reality of some kind of other world was brought home to me about two years ago when my dog died at the vet.
  • Science magazine had failed to vet the research properly.
British Dictionary definitions for vet

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)

vet.

abbreviation
1.
veteran
2.
veterinarian
3.
veterinary
Also (for senses 2, 3) veter
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Word Origin and History for 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 vet

vet 1

modifier

: the vet producer of scouting plays

noun

A veteran, esp a former member of the armed forces: I'm a combat vet (1869+)


vet 2

modifier

Veterinary: the vet school

noun

A veterinarian (1862+)

verb

To examine closely; scrutinize critically: Random House plans a review of its procedures for ''vetting'' or checking a book prior to publication/ The hosts are a carefully vetted collection of bubble brains (1904+)

[verb sense fr the close examination of an animal by a veterinarian]


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Related Abbreviations for vet

vet

  1. veteran
  2. veterinarian
  3. veterinary
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