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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
Saddam was self-directing projects that were not vetted by anyone else.
canada.com (2004)
The service will allow children under the age of 18 to access around 500,000 web site addresses, which are vetted by Kidz.
Misc (1999)
The vetted draft was then sent to the state Public Works Department.
Business Today (2002)
This was her usual pattern of behaviour, but for the first time she sent her contract to the Society of Authors to be vetted.


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