- 1vet somebody to find out about a person’s past life and career in order to decide if they are suitable for a particular job synonym screen All candidates are carefully vetted for security reasons. see also positive vetting
- 2vet something to check the contents, quality, etc. of something carefully synonym screen All reports are vetted before publication. She insists on vetting questions prior to an interview. All goods are carefully vetted for quality before they leave the factory. We are introducing new security vetting procedures. Word Originverb mid 19th cent: abbreviation of veterinary or veterinarian.
BrE BrE//vet//; NAmE NAmE//vet//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vet
BrE BrE//vet//; NAmE NAmE//vet//he / she / it vets
BrE BrE//vets//; NAmE NAmE//vets//past simple vetted
BrE BrE//ˈvetɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈvetɪd//past participle vetted
BrE BrE//ˈvetɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈvetɪd//-ing form vetting
BrE BrE//ˈvetɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈvetɪŋ//