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.