- To vouch is to use your personal experience to confirm the value or merit of someone or something, or to attest that someone or something is as good as claimed.
An example of vouch is when you say "I know this carpenter is good, I used him."
vouch definition by Webster's New World
- to uphold by demonstration or evidence
- to attest or affirm
- to cite in support of one's views or actions
- in old English law, to call (a person) into court to give warranty of title
Origin: Middle English vouchen ; from Old French vocher ; from Classical Latin vocare, to call ; from vox, voice
- to give assurance, affirmation, or a guarantee: with for: to vouch for someone's honesty
- to serve as evidence or assurance (for): references vouching for his ability
vouch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb vouched, vouch·ing, vouch·es verb, intransitive
- To give personal assurances; give a guarantee: vouch for an old friend's trustworthiness.
- To constitute supporting evidence; give substantiation: a candidate whose strong record vouches for her ability.
- To substantiate by supplying evidence; prove: charges that he could not vouch.
- Law To summon as a witness to give warranty of title.
- To refer to (an authority, for example) in support or corroboration; cite.
- To assert; declare.
Origin: Middle English vouchen, to summon to court, warrant, from Anglo-Norman voucher, probably from Vulgar Latin *voticāre, alteration of Latin vocitāre, frequentative of vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.