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[vet] /vɛt/
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
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British Dictionary definitions for vetting


short for veterinary surgeon
verb vets, vetting, vetted
(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
to examine, treat, or cure (an animal)


(US & Canadian) short for veteran (sense 2), veteran (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for vetting



1862, shortened form of veterinarian.

1848, shortened form of veteran.


"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 vetting

vet 1


: the vet producer of scouting plays


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

vet 2


Veterinary: the vet school


A veterinarian (1862+)


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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for vetting


  1. veteran
  2. veterinarian
  3. veterinary
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