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[vouch] /vaʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
to support as being true, certain, reliable, etc. (usually followed by for):
Her record in office vouches for her integrity.
to attest; guarantee; certify (usually followed by for):
to vouch for someone in a business transaction.
verb (used with object)
to sustain or uphold by, or as if by, practical proof or demonstration.
(formerly) to call or summon (a person) into court to make good a warranty of title.
to adduce or quote in support, as extracts from a book or author; cite in warrant or justification, as authority, instances, facts, etc.
Archaic. to warrant or attest; to support or authenticate with vouchers.
Archaic. to declare as with warrant; vouch for.
Obsolete. to call or take as a witness.
noun, Obsolete
a vouching; an assertion.
a formal attestation; a supporting warrant.
Origin of vouch
1275-1325; Middle English vouchen < Anglo-French, Middle French vo(u)cher, Old French avochier < Latin advocāre; see advocate
Related forms
unvouched, adjective
well-vouched, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vouch
  • But real life actually does vouch for this snobbery.
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  • We can't vouch for the translation, but it's worth checking out.
  • Next, it is good to have other people vouch for you.
  • We don't vouch for the soundness of these securities.
  • If any local residents are willing to vouch for you, ask the hotel manager to call them for a reference.
  • No conventional doctors would vouch for the wisdom of their high-fat regimen.
  • If they have no physical identification, they can get benefits without identification as long as you vouch for them.
  • Any local fisherman will quickly vouch for the richness of the waters in and adjacent to the marsh.
British Dictionary definitions for vouch


(intransitive) usually foll by for. to give personal assurance; guarantee: I'll vouch for his safety
when tr, usually takes a clause as object; when intr, usually foll by for. to furnish supporting evidence (for) or function as proof (of)
(transitive) (English legal history) to summon (a person who had warranted title to land) to defend that title or give up land of equal value
(transitive) (archaic) to cite (authors, principles, etc) in support of something
(transitive) (obsolete) to assert
(obsolete) the act of vouching; assertion or allegation
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vocher to summon, ultimately from Latin vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for vouch

early 14c., "summon into court to prove a title," from Anglo-French voucher, Old French vocher "to call, summon, invoke, claim," probably from Gallo-Romance *voticare, metathesis of Latin vocitare "to call to, summon insistently," frequentative of Latin vocare "to call, call upon, summon" (see voice (n.)). Meaning "guarantee to be true or accurate" is first attested 1590s. Related: Vouched; vouching.

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