Vet meaning

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Vet is short for a veterinarian (a doctor who takes care of animals) or short for a veteran (a person who has served as a soldier).

An example of a vet is a person you take your dog to when he is sick.

An example of a vet is a person who fought in the Iraq war.

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A veterinarian.
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To subject to veterinary evaluation, examination, medication, or surgery.
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To subject to thorough examination or evaluation.

Vet a manuscript.

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To engage in the practice of veterinary medicine.
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A veteran.
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To examine or treat as a veterinarian does.
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To examine, investigate, or evaluate in a thorough or expert way.
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To work as a veterinarian.
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Veteran.
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Veterinarian.
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Veterinary.
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A veterinarian.
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(colloquial) A veterinarian or veterinary surgeon.
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(colloquial) A veteran (a former soldier or other member of an armed forces).
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To thoroughly check or investigate particularly with regard to providing formal approval.

The FBI vets all nominees to the Federal bench.

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(law) Veteran, as used in case citations in the United States.
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Origin of vet

  • possibly by analogy from Etymology 1, in the sense of "verifying the soundness [of an animal]"
    From Wiktionary
  • Clipping of veterinarian, or veterinary surgeon.
    From Wiktionary
  • Clipping of veteran.
    From Wiktionary