verb (used with object), vet·ted, vet·ting.
- 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), vet·ted, vet·ting.
- to work as a veterinarian.
- short for veterinary surgeon
verb vets, vetting or vetted
- (tr) mainly British 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)
“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.
1862, shortened form of veterinarian.
1848, shortened form of veteran.