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Saturday, February 28, 2004

Definitions for vet

  1. To provide veterinary care for (an animal).
  2. To provide (a person) with medical care.
  3. To examine carefully; to subject to thorough appraisal; to evaluate.

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Citations for vet
She was the right age (in her fifties), and her personal background had been vetted during the Senate confirmation hearings. Eleanor Clift and Tom Brazaitis, Madam President
The "Stasi files law," as it is popularly known, also made it possible to vet parliamentarians for Stasi connections. John O. Koehler, Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police
Origin of vet
1860-1865
Vet is short for veterinary or veterinarian, which comes from Latin veterinarius, "of or belonging to beasts of burden and draught," from veterinus, "of draught, of beasts of burden." The earlier sense was "to submit to examination or treatment by a veterinary surgeon," hence "to subject to thorough appraisal."