from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A veterinarian.
  • transitive v. To subject to veterinary evaluation, examination, medication, or surgery.
  • transitive v. To subject to thorough examination or evaluation: vet a manuscript.
  • intransitive v. To engage in the practice of veterinary medicine.
  • n. Informal A veteran.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A veterinarian or veterinary surgeon.
  • n. A veteran (a former soldier or other member of an armed forces).
  • v. To thoroughly check or investigate particularly with regard to providing formal approval.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviation of veteran
  • n. of veterinary.
  • n. A colloquial contraction of veterinary (surgeon).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. work as a veterinarian
  • n. a doctor who practices veterinary medicine
  • v. examine carefully
  • n. a person who has served in the armed forces
  • v. provide (a person) with medical care
  • v. provide veterinary care for


Clipping of veterinarian, or veterinary surgeon. (Wiktionary)
Clipping of veteran. (Wiktionary)
possibly by analogy from Etymology 1, in the sense of "verifying the soundness [of an animal]" (Wiktionary)



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  • "vet" in Hungarian means: to sow

    August 1, 2012

  • The colloquial sense of "subject to careful examination" comes from Kipling. Well, knock me over with a feather.

    July 12, 2007