AskDefine | Define vet

Dictionary Definition

vet

Noun

1 a doctor who practices veterinary medicine [syn: veterinarian, veterinary, veterinary surgeon]
2 a person who has served in the armed forces [syn: veteran, ex-serviceman]

Verb

1 work as a veterinarian; "She vetted for the farms in the area for many years"
2 examine carefully; "Someone should vet this report before it goes out"
3 provide (a person) with medical care
4 provide veterinary care for [also: vetting, vetted]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Abbreviation of veterinary surgeon.
Translations
short form of veterinary surgeon
  • Dutch: dierenarts
  • French: veto
  • German: Tierarzt
  • Polish: weterynarz
  • Portuguese: veterinário

Etymology 2

Abbreviation of veteran (a former soldier).

Noun

  1. Veteran (a former soldier).
Translations
short form of veteran
  • Dutch: veteraan
  • German: Veteran
  • Polish: weteran
  • Portuguese: veterano

Etymology 3

From veto ("to prohibit"), referring to the practice of having an opportunity to veto a decision before it is finalized.

Verb

  1. To check or investigate particularly with regard to providing formal approval.
    The FBI vets all nominees to the Federal bench.

References

OED2

Translations

check or investigate particularly
  • Dutch: controleren, checken
  • French: revoir
  • German: überprüfen

Catalan

Etymology

From veto.

Noun

vet

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • vɛt

Noun

  1. Fat.

Adjective

  1. Fat.

Hungarian

Verb

vet
  1. Sow.

Portuguese

Etymology 1

Abbreviation of veterinário.

Noun

vet

Etymology 2

Abbreviation of veterano.

Noun

vet
  1. Veteran (a former soldier).

Swedish

Verb

vet
  1. Present tense of veta; know, knows
    • Jag vet inte.
      • I do not know.

Extensive Definition

Vet is used in several ways in English:
As a noun
As a verb

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bone, campaigner, canvass, check over, check up, con, contemplate, dig, drill, elucubrate, examine, examine thoroughly, eye, give the eye, give the once-over, go deep into, go over, grind, hard look, horse doctor, inspect, leer, leer at, look closely at, look over, lucubrate, new, ogle, ogle at, old, old campaigner, old hand, old pro, old salt, old sea dog, old soldier, old-time, old-timer, perlustrate, perscrutate, peruse, plunge into, pore, pore over, practical, practice, practiced, read, regard studiously, restudy, review, salt, scrutinize, seasoned, seasoned veteran, shellback, size up, skilled, study, survey, swot, take a long, take stock of, versed, veteran, veterinarian, veterinary, veterinary surgeon, wade through, war-horse
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