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

  • intransitive v. To give personal assurances; give a guarantee: vouch for an old friend's trustworthiness.
  • intransitive v. To constitute supporting evidence; give substantiation: a candidate whose strong record vouches for her ability.
  • transitive v. To substantiate by supplying evidence; prove: charges that he could not vouch.
  • transitive v. Law To summon as a witness to give warranty of title.
  • transitive v. To refer to (an authority, for example) in support or corroboration; cite.
  • transitive v. To assert; declare.
  • n. Obsolete A declaration of opinion; an assertion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To take responsibility for; to express confidence in; to witness; to obtest.
  • v. To warrant; to maintain by affirmations; to attest; to affirm; to avouch.
  • v. To back; to support; to confirm.
  • v. To call into court to warrant and defend, or to make good a warranty of title.
  • v. To bear witness; to give testimony or full attestation.
  • v. To assert; to aver; to declare.
  • n. Warrant; attestation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Warrant; attestation.
  • intransitive v. To bear witness; to give testimony or full attestation.
  • intransitive v. To assert; to aver; to declare.
  • transitive v. To call; to summon.
  • transitive v. To call upon to witness; to obtest.
  • transitive v. To warrant; to maintain by affirmations; to attest; to affirm; to avouch.
  • transitive v. To back; to support; to confirm; to establish.
  • transitive v. To call into court to warrant and defend, or to make good a warranty of title.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To call to witness.
  • To declare; assert; affirm; attest; avouch.
  • To warrant; be surety for; answer for; make good; confirm.
  • To support; back; second; follow up.
  • In law: To produce vouchers for, in support of a charge in account.
  • In old English law, to call or summon into court to warrant and defend, or to make good a warranty of title.
  • Synonyms To asseverate, aver, protest.
  • To bear witness; give testimony or attestation: more specifically, in old English law, to call in some one to make good his alleged warranty of title; be surety or guaranty.
  • n. Approving or supporting warrant; confirmation; attestation.

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

  • v. give personal assurance; guarantee
  • v. give supporting evidence
  • v. give surety or assume responsibility
  • v. summon (a vouchee) into court to warrant or defend a title

Etymologies

Middle English vouchen, to summon to court, warrant, from Anglo-Norman voucher, probably from Vulgar Latin *voticāre, alteration of Latin vocitāre, frequentative of vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French voucher, from Latin vocō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In that case all that is needed is an employee from a shelter, group home, etc. who is willing to "vouch" for the voter.

    Election Central Morning Roundup

  • I think we can kind of vouch for that looking at this video.

    CNN Transcript Mar 25, 2009

  • I just read your message so I'm posting my "vouch".

    Another Brick in the Wall?

  • Just now Blitzer had Frank Newport on and, needless to say, Blitzer stood up for Gallup and even said he would "vouch" for the poll.

    Hullabaloo

  • In Minnesota, a pre-registered voter can "vouch" for unregistered voters on Election Day to allow them to register.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • You're asking others to "vouch" for you to their readership, plus do the actual work of interviewing you which may require becoming more knowledgeable about what you do.

    Search Engine Land: News About Search Engines & Search Marketing

  • Or they may even just leave a comment, whcih in itself can be valuable as it will 'vouch' for your site to other readers

    Connected Internet

  • So it's harder to register a canoe in Minnesota than it is to "vouch" for someone's identity to vote?

    News Copy, New York

  • For added peace of mind, the site also operates a system where members "vouch" for other members after meeting them in real life.

    Travel news, travel guides and reviews | guardian.co.uk

  • Someone CAN same-day register AND VOTE if they have proof of residence OR can provide someone who will "vouch" for their residence.

    Dad29

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