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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: VET11


2 verb
vet2 past tense and past participle vetted, present participle vetting [transitive]
1 British English to check someone's past activities, relationships etc in order to make sure that person is suitable for a particular job, especially an important one:
All candidates are carefully vetted by Central Office.
2 to check a report, speech etc carefully to make sure it is acceptable:
The author vets every script for the new TV series.

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