1. veterinarian.

verb (used with object), vet·ted, vet·ting.

  1. to examine or treat in one’s capacity as a veterinarian or as a doctor.
  2. 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.

  1. to work as a veterinarian.


  1. short for veterinary surgeon

verb vets, vetting or vetted

  1. (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
  2. to examine, treat, or cure (an animal)


  1. US and Canadian short for veteran (def. 2), veteran (def. 3)

“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.

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