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past participle of verb, past tense of verb

  1. see vet1 (sense 2), vet1 (sense 3)

vet1 (vɛt Pronunciation for vet1



  1. short for veterinary surgeon


Word forms:  vets,  vetting,  vetted
  1. (transitive) (mainly British) to make a prior examination and critical appraisal of (a person, document, scheme, etc)   ⇒ the candidates were well vetted
    See also positive vetting
  2. to examine, treat, or cure (an animal)


View thesaurus entry
= veterinary surgeon, veterinarian, animal doctor
= check, examine, investigate, check out, review, scan, look over, appraise, scrutinize, size up, give the once-over, pass under review

Example Sentences Including 'vetted'

But I couldn't imagine Marge keeping on her payroll anyone who hadn't been thoroughly vetted.
Anita Anderson SUMMER OF SECRETS (2003)
Don't you have to be positively vetted and x-rated before they even let you set foot in Downing Street?
Brandon, Ruth Left, Right and Centre
It was rumoured that anything that Larner did on stage had to be vetted by Dyer; that was said to be in his contract.
Hilton, John Buxton Passion in the Peak


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