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vest

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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


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vest

noun

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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)

vestlike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of vest

French veste, from Italian, from Latin vestis garment


First Known Use: 1613



VEST Defined for Kids

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vest

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noun \ˈvest\

Definition of vest for Students

  1. :  a sleeveless garment usually worn under a suit coat




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vest

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verb

Definition of vest for Students

vestedvesting

  1. 1 :  to place or give into the possession or control of some person or authority <The Constitution vests the Congress with certain powers.>

  2. 2 :  to clothe in vestments




Law Dictionary

vest

verb

Legal Definition of vest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to place in the possession, discretion, or province of some person or authority <all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States — U.S. Constitution art. I> <a timely notice of appeal vests jurisdiction in the appeals court>; specifically :  to give to a person a fixed and immediate right of present or future enjoyment of (as an estate) <an interest vested in the beneficiary>

  3. 2 :  to grant or endow with a particular authority, right, or property <vest a judge with discretion>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become vested; specifically :  to entitle one unconditionally to the payment of pension benefits upon termination or retirement <his pension interest will vest after ten years with the company> — compare mature



Origin of vest

Anglo-French vestir, literally, to clothe, from Old French, from Latin vestire



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