Origin of 'Vet'

garcondessinges

New Member
USA, English
I'm wondering if anyone knows the etymology of 'vet', as in 'Can you please vet these documents to verify that they are authentic?' Synonyms='validate', 'certify'

Can't find it anywhere.

Thanks.

GdS
 
  • Leopold

    Senior Member
    España - Español
    Yes:

    vet
    1862, shortened form of veterinarian. The verb "to submit to veterinary care" is from 1891; the colloquial sense of "subject to careful examination" (as of an animal by a veterinarian) is first attested 1904.

    [Source: www.etymonline.com]

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    lsp

    Senior Member
    NY
    US, English
    kenny74 said:
    Don't know if it's more common in UK, but we would use "vet" pretty commonly regarding documents etc.
    Vet is getting more play now here, too. Candidates are vetted both in business and in politics, for example.
     
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