There are 2 main definitions of vet in English:

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Pronunciation: /vɛt
 
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noun

chiefly British
A veterinary surgeon.
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  • He reported the case immediately to the local veterinary station and two vets came to the farm within half an hour to find another 200 ducks had died.
  • Most vets agree spaying and neutering should be done not sooner than 6 months of age.
  • Richard Gowshall, a vet at the Eastcott Veterinary Clinic, was shocked to hear Daisy had given birth to another 14 puppies.
Synonyms
animal doctor, veterinary surgeon, VS, horse doctor;
North American veterinarian, doctor
dated veterinary

verb (vets, vetting, vetted)

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1Make a careful and critical examination of (something): proposals for vetting large takeover bids
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  • Jenner growled at her listeners, described some of the women who rang in as ‘stupid’ and criticised producers for vetting her calls.
  • Even so, architects are carefully vetting developer agreements in hopes of deflecting litigation.
  • Mr J was to receive a ‘carefully and independently vetted account of the conclusions to be drawn from the risk analysis.’
Synonyms
screen, assess, evaluate, appraise, weigh up, examine, look over, review, consider, scrutinize, study, inspect;
investigate, censor, check, redact, check out, check up on;
informal give something a/the once-over, size up
1.1British Investigate (someone) thoroughly, especially in order to ensure that they are suitable for a job requiring secrecy, loyalty, or trustworthiness: each applicant will be vetted by police (as noun vetting) the vetting of people who work with children
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  • He alleges that the charity discriminated against him by vetting him with the Northern Ireland Office.
  • He was vetted by the Home Office when he helped set up the local youth offending team.
  • Two weeks ago ministers decided to require all new teaching staff to be vetted by the bureau.

Origin

mid 19th cent: abbreviation of veterinary or veterinarian.

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There are 2 main definitions of vet in English:

vet2

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Pronunciation: /vɛt
 
/

noun

North American informal
A veteran: a Vietnam vet
More example sentences
  • ‘The movement has always had a lot of old-timers, and a lot of vets,’ said Bourgeois, a Vietnam veteran himself.
  • It will create a Labor Veterans Committee to coordinate with other veterans groups in opposing cuts to vets ' benefits.
  • As part of Salute the Veterans activities, vets also attended a reception at Old Parliament House, ecumenical services and reunion dinners.

Origin

mid 19th century: abbreviation.

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