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verb \ˈvest\

Simple Definition of vest

  • : to give (someone) the legal right or power to do something or to own land or property

Full Definition of vest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to place or give into the possession or discretion of some person or authority; especially :  to give to a person a legally fixed immediate right of present or future enjoyment of (as an estate) b :  to grant or endow with a particular authority, right, or property <the plan vests workers with pension benefits after 10 years of service>

  3. 2 :  to clothe with or as if with a garment; especially :  to robe in ecclesiastical vestments

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become legally vested

  6. 2 :  to put on garments or vestments

Examples of vest

  1. <By the power vested in me by the state, intoned the minister, I now pronounce that you are married>

  2. <vested the power to access their retirement accounts with their attorney>

Origin of vest

Middle English, from Anglo-French vestir to clothe, invest, vest, from Latin vestire to clothe, from vestis clothing, garment — more at wear

First Known Use: 15th century




Simple Definition of vest

  • : a sleeveless piece of clothing with buttons down the front that is worn over a shirt and under a suit jacket

  • : a special piece of clothing that you wear on your upper body for protection or safety

  • : a man's sleeveless undershirt

Full Definition of vest

  1. 1 archaic a :  a loose outer garment :  robe b :  clothing, garb

  2. 2 a :  a sleeveless garment for the upper body usually worn over a shirt b :  a protective usually sleeveless garment (as a life preserver) that extends to the waist c :  an insulated sleeveless waist-length garment often worn under or in place of a coat

  3. 3 a chiefly British :  a man's sleeveless undershirt b :  a knitted undershirt for women

  4. 4 :  a plain or decorative piece used to fill in the front neckline of a woman's outer garment (as a blouse or dress)

vest·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of vest

French veste, from Italian, from Latin vestis garment

First Known Use: 1613

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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