Definition of vouch in English:



[no object]vouch for
  • 1Assert or confirm as a result of one's own experience that something is true or accurately so described.

    ‘the explosive used is of my own formulation, and I can vouch for its efficiency’
    • ‘I can't vouch for the truth of this, but it is a sentiment I've heard repeated more than once.’
    • ‘Gide is not known as an authority on entomology, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of his science, but poets and artists have a way of arriving at truth by unusual routes - including pure intuition.’
    • ‘I can't vouch for the truth or otherwise in this story, unfortunately.’
    • ‘And while I can't vouch for its accuracy, the film does a compelling job of portraying Hitler in his dying days in three full dimensions.’
    • ‘I cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of this advice, but it's good to have it anyway.’
    • ‘I cannot of course vouch for the accuracy of his information.’
    • ‘Eyewitnesses vouch for the fact that they stayed to help the children escape but bolted from the scene when public anger turned against them.’
    • ‘I've enjoyed day trips to Glenshee before, but after a two-day family holiday near Aviemore I can vouch for the experience.’
    • ‘I haven't read any of the Frank Miller comics it's based on, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of the big screen version or the appropriateness of the casting, but that preview makes it look like serious fun.’
    • ‘I can personally vouch that he's a man of high moral integrity, and knows a worthy cause when he sees one.’
    • ‘He personally delivered and vouched for the authenticity of the pair of video disks we are about to air.’
    • ‘I will vouch for the fact that the football program has been a positive influence on my personal college experience.’
    • ‘After spending an afternoon with him, I can vouch for the fact that his sense of humour is razor-sharp.’
    • ‘The Professor can't vouch for any of this information, but any observer of Fairfax will conclude that it all sounds entirely likely.’
    • ‘Having been in a room while doctors struggled to keep my child alive, I can vouch for the fact that trust is often the only lifeline to sanity.’
    • ‘However, the reliability of Speedpost was certainly something that people vouched for.’
    • ‘The investment bank is required to vouch for the fact that the stock is priced below its expected value in the market.’
    • ‘Veterans from all of the armed forces, the medical corps and the spies and code-breakers are on hand and, we can vouch for this, love to talk about their experiences.’
    • ‘While it has been a while since the original game was released, we can vouch for the fact that no good game is ever forgotten.’
    • ‘I can vouch for the truth of much of his statement, and believe it to be wholly as stated, in every particular.’
    attest to, confirm, affirm, verify, swear to, testify to, bear witness to, bear out, back up, support, corroborate, substantiate, prove, uphold, show the truth of, give substance to, give credence to, second, endorse, certify, warrant, validate, give assurance of
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    1. 1.1 Confirm that someone is who they say they are or that they are of good character.
      ‘he was refused entrance until someone could vouch for him’
      • ‘In April, he's released on bail after prominent Philadelphians vouched for his character.’
      • ‘Because an assistant district attorney in a nearby county vouched for H. as a good citizen, Mitcham changed his original offer from five years in prison to five months in a detention center plus ten years' probation.’
      • ‘Once the questions mount, experts said, insurgents desperately need prominent party officials to send a cue to voters by vouching for them.’
      • ‘The government has vouched for nine of the 12 prisoners.’
      • ‘He had vouched for her good character, on Pentagon headed paper, during her immigration application from Vietnam.’
      • ‘Other women registering with the site can then contact the boyfriend or the woman who is vouching for him to find out more.’
      • ‘Dr. Samar herself maintains that she did the women a big favor by vouching for them and restoring them to a legitimate place in Afghan society.’
      • ‘New Jersey gaming regulators said Kerik had confirmed to them that he had vouched for Ray.’
      • ‘At a polling place in Minneapolis, a Republican worker challenged the right of a person with limited vision to have his address filled in by a person vouching for his registration.’
      • ‘Three and a half years later, he stood up in court and vouched for Laide's good character, saying that he had always found him to be ‘a very pleasant young man’.’
      • ‘Jeff did not know Adam personally, so he could not vouch for his character.’
      • ‘The area is intended for VIPs and guests of MPs and Peers who are supposed to vouch personally for those who receive their tickets.’
      • ‘And at each stage of vetting, you develop references who can vouch for your character and your talents.’
      • ‘In the early church, adult baptismal candidates had sponsors - Christians who vouched for their good character and accompanied them through the long process of becoming part of the Christian community.’
      • ‘Identify some people who can vouch for your character and your work abilities.’
      • ‘Every person who wants to have credit, to make a big purchase, or to board a 747 has to have a list of 10 friends - people who can vouch for their identity and know how to test it if needed.’
      • ‘Nor, I'd imagine, would the Hollywood guilds feel any too keen about the Academy's vouching for one of the companies that incinerated workers' pensions and jobs.’
      • ‘By vouching for him, they risk being exposed as dupes and fools who have helped a dangerous spy betray some of America's most sensitive intelligence secrets.’
      • ‘Calling wounded teenagers criminals while vouching for the credibility of a TV actor later found guilty went unnoticed in the wider media, but not in black New York.’
      • ‘Did you take any medication the night you're vouching for Richard when Elizabeth disappeared?’


Middle English (as a legal term in the sense ‘summon a person to court to prove title to property’): from Old French voucher ‘summon’, based on Latin vocare ‘to call’.