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vet (vet) verb tr.

1. To examine: to check for validity, accuracy or authenticity.

2. To subject to veterinary care.

noun

Veterinarian; veterinary.

[Shortening of veterinarian.]

noun

Veteran: a soldier, especially one who has fought in a war.

[Shortening of veteran.]

Why is it that to doctor a document is to falsify it, but to vet it is to check it for its accuracy?

See more usage examples of vet in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Commonwealth Press Union New Zealand chairman Gavin Ellis said 'the suggestion that journalists should give up their copy to judges for vetting is totally unacceptable.'" Judge Says Checks on Journalists Won't Be Abused; New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Nov 12, 2004.

"The bills will then be sent to India's finance and law ministries to be vetted before being put before the president for his approval." India on Track For Biggest Tax Revamp; Gulf Daily News (Bahrain); Nov 3, 2004.

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