AskDefine | Define vouch

Dictionary Definition



1 give personal assurance; guarantee; "Will he vouch for me?"
2 give surety or assume responsibility; "I vouch for the quality of my products" [syn: guarantee]
3 summon (a vouchee) into court to warrant or defend a title
4 give supporting evidence; "He vouched his words by his deeds"

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. To call; to summon.
  2. To call upon to witness; to obtest.
  3. To warrant; to maintain by affirmations; to attest; to affirm; to avouch.
  4. To back; to support; to confirm; to establish.
  5. To call into court to warrant and defend, or to make good a warranty of title.
  6. To bear witness; to give testimony or full attestation.
  7. To assert; to aver; to declare.


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

Extensive Definition

A voucher is a bond which is worth a certain monetary value and which may only be spent for specific reasons or on specific goods. Examples include — but are not limited to — housing and food vouchers. The term voucher is also a synonym for receipt, and is often used to refer to receipts used as evidence of, for example, the declaration that a service has been performed or that an expenditure has been made.
The term is also commonly used for education vouchers which are somewhat different.

In tourism

Vouchers are used in the tourism sector primarily as proof of a named customer's right to take a service at a specific time and place. Service providers collect them to return to the tour operator or travel agent that has sent that customer, to prove they have given the service. So, life of a voucher is as below:
  1. Customer receives vouchers from tour operator or travel agent for the services bought
  2. Customer goes to vacation site and forwards the voucher to related provider and asks for the service to be given
  3. Provider collects the vouchers
  4. Provider sends collected vouchers to the agent or operator that sends customers from time to time, and asks for payment for those services
  5. Uncollected vouchers do not deserve payment
This approach is most suitable for Free Individual Tourist activities where pre-allocation for services are neither necessary, nor feasible or applicable. It was customary before the information era when communication was limited and expensive, but now has been given quite a different role by B2C applications. When a reservation is made through the internet, customers are often provided a voucher through email or a web site that can be printed. Providers customarily require this voucher be presented prior to providing the service.

In Accounts Payable

A voucher is an accounting document usually produced after receiving a vendor invoice, after the invoice is successfully matched to a Purchase Order. It represents an internal intent to make a payment to the vendor in the amount of the voucher. In Accounts Payable systems, a process called a payment run is executed to generate payments corresponding to the unpaid vouchers. These payments can then be released or held at the discretion of an Accounts Payable supervisor or the company Controller.

In Mobile Phones

A voucher is a recharge number sold to a customer to recharge their SIM card with money and to extend the card's availability period.

See also

vouch in Czech: Voucher
vouch in German: Gutschein
vouch in Italian: Voucher
vouch in Dutch: Waardebon
vouch in Polish: Voucher
vouch in Russian: Ваучер
vouch in Finnish: Palveluseteli
vouch in Ukrainian: Ваучер
vouch in Contenese: 券

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acknowledge, affirm, affirmance, affirmation, allegation, allege, and candle, announcement, annunciation, assert under oath, assertion, asseverate, asseveration, assure, attest, aver, averment, avouch, avouchment, avow, avowal, back up, bear witness, book, certify, conclusion, confirm, corroborate, countersign, creed, declaration, depone, depose, dictum, disclose, endorse, enunciation, give evidence, guarantee, ipse dixit, kiss the book, make a promise, manifesto, pledge, plight, position, position paper, positive declaration, predicate, predication, proclamation, profession, promise, pronouncement, proposition, protest, protestation, prove, say, say-so, saying, sponsor, stance, stand, statement, substantiate, support, swear, swear by bell, swear the truth, swear to, swear to God, swear to goodness, testify, troth, underwrite, uphold, utterance, verify, vouch for, vow, warrant, witness, word
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