The verb to vet began as a word used in horseracing circles, and it meant the veterinarian exam that a racehorse had to undergo in order to qualify for a race. Nowadays, it is used generally as a synonym for “to check”. For example, Nobel Prize candidates are vetted before an award is given, job candidates are vetted before receiving a job offer, and for the past year, Donald Trump has used the word frequently. As a matter of fact, he promotes “extreme vetting” and by that he means very tough screening processes for immigrants, especially members of the Islamic faith.
VETERINARIAN – VETTING – TO VET