veteran, vet, ex-serviceman

(noun) a person who has served in the armed forces

veterinarian, veterinary, veterinary surgeon, vet

(noun) a doctor who practices veterinary medicine


(verb) provide veterinary care for


(verb) provide (a person) with medical care


(verb) examine carefully; “Someone should vet this report before it goes out”


(verb) work as a veterinarian; “She vetted for the farms in the area for many years”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


vet (plural vets)

(colloquial) A veterinarian or veterinary surgeon.

Etymology 2


vet (plural vets)

(colloquial, US) A veteran (a former soldier or other member of an armed forces).

Usage notes

Although veteran can be used in many contexts such as sports or business to describe someone with many years of experience, vet is usually used only for former military personnel.

Etymology 3

Possibly by analogy from Etymology 1, in the sense of "verifying the soundness [of an animal]"


vet (third-person singular simple present vets, present participle vetting, simple past and past participle vetted)

To thoroughly check or investigate particularly with regard to providing formal approval.


• evaluate


• ETV, EVT, TeV, Vte

Source: Wiktionary


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