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vest

noun \ ˈvest \

Definition of vest

1 a :a sleeveless garment for the upper body usually worn over a shirt
b :a protective usually sleeveless garment (such 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
2 a chiefly British :a man's sleeveless undershirt
b :a knitted undershirt for women
3 :a plain or decorative piece used to fill in the front neckline of a woman's outer garment (such as a blouse or dress)
4 archaic
a :a loose outer garment :robe

vestlike

play \ˈvest-ˌlīk\ adjective

Recent Examples of vest from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of vest

French veste, from It, from Latin vestis garment


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vest

verb

Definition of vest

transitive verb
1 a :to grant or endow with a particular authority, right, or property
  • the plan vests workers with pension benefits after 10 years of service
b :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 (such as an estate)
2 :to clothe with or as if with a garment; especially :to robe in ecclesiastical vestments
intransitive verb
1 :to become legally vested
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

Recent Examples of vest from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of vest

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



VEST Defined for English Language Learners

vest

verb

Definition of vest for English Language Learners

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


vest

noun

Definition of vest for English Language Learners

  • : 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


VEST Defined for Kids

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vest

noun \ ˈvest \

Definition of vest for Students

:a sleeveless garment usually worn under a suit coat

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vest

verb

Definition of vest for Students

vested; vesting
1 :to place or give into the possession or control of some person or authority
  • The Constitution vests the Congress with certain powers.
2 :to clothe in vestments

Law Dictionary

vest

verb

legal Definition of vest

transitive verb
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
2 :to grant or endow with a particular authority, right, or property
  • vest a judge with discretion
intransitive verb
: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 and Etymology of vest

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



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