Meaning of “vet” in the English Dictionary

"vet" in British English

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vetnoun [ C ]

uk /vet/ us /vet/

vet noun [ C ] (ANIMAL DOCTOR)

B1 UK formal veterinary surgeon, US formal veterinarian a person with a medical degree trained to take care of the health of animals:

The farmer called the vet out to treat a sick cow.

UK also vet's the office where a vet works:

The cat injured her paw, so I took her to the vet.

vet noun [ C ] (ARMED FORCES)

US informal for veteran noun (= a person who has served in the armed forces)

vetverb [ T ]

uk /vet/ us /vet/ -tt- mainly UK

(Definition of “vet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vet" in American English

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vetnoun [ C ]

us /vet/

vet noun [ C ] (MILITARY PERSON)

short form ofveteran (= a person who was in the military)

vet noun [ C ] (ANIMAL DOCTOR)

short form ofveterinarian

vetverb [ T ]

us /vet/ -tt-

vet verb [ T ] (EXAMINE)

to study something, or to examine a person’s record to see that it is acceptable or accurate:

All agencies must carefully vet new workers.
Before we signed this contract, our lawyer vetted it.

(Definition of “vet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vet" in Business English

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vetverb [ T ]

uk /vet/ us -tt-

HR to carefully check information about someone before employing them to make certain that they are suitable, do not have a criminal record, etc.:

Candidates for senior positions are vetted by the board of directors.

to carefully check information, especially financial information, about someone who is applying for a loan or to rent or buy a property:

Mortgage lenders are now vetting applicants more carefully.

to examine something carefully to make certain it is suitable, correct, etc.:

The results of the survey have been carefully vetted by independent researchers.
noun [ U ]

Credit-card companies have tightened their vetting procedures.

(Definition of “vet” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)