- 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."
- 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 of vouchMiddle 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
verbvouched, vouch·ing, vouch·es
- To give personal assurances or a guarantee: vouch for an old friend's trustworthiness.
- To constitute supporting evidence; give substantiation: a candidate whose strong record vouches for her ability.
verb, transitive Archaic
- To substantiate by supplying evidence; prove: “When any particular matter of fact is vouched by the concurrent testimony of unsuspected witnesses, there our assent is also unavoidable” (John Locke).
- Law To summon (someone) as a witness to give warranty of title.
- To refer to (an authority, for example) in support or corroboration; cite.
- To assert; declare.
Origin of vouchMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present vouches, present participle vouching, simple past and past participle vouched)
- To take responsibility for; to express confidence in; to witness; to obtest.
- To warrant; to maintain by affirmations; to attest; to affirm; to avouch.
- To back; to support; to confirm.
- To call into court to warrant and defend, or to make good a warranty of title.
- To bear witness; to give testimony or full attestation.
- To call as a witness.
- To assert; to aver; to declare.