vest

noun
\ˈvest \

Definition of vest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

2a 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

b : clothing, garb

vest

verb
vested; vesting; vests

Definition of vest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from vest

Noun

vestlike \ˈvest-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for vest

Synonyms: Verb

accredit, authorize, certify, charter [British], commission, empower, enable, invest, license (also licence), qualify, warrant

Antonyms: Verb

disqualify

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Examples of vest in a Sentence

Verb

“By the power vested in me by the state,” intoned the minister, “I now pronounce that you are married” vested the power to access their retirement accounts with their attorney

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The minister at the small timbered chapel pulled the vestment over the lures hanging from his fishing vest, rolled out a burgundy carpet, set up some fake flowers and declared them married. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 Still others are women of the future: Girl Scouts in green uniforms with French braids and no makeup and campfire badges sewn on their vests. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen Is Making Her Hometown the Best Place on Earth for Women," 24 Oct. 2018 The archdiocese hailed Bishop Jenik in the past for his work to stem crime, drugs and prostitution in his neighborhood, reportedly even wearing a bulletproof vest at times. WSJ, "Official at Archdiocese of New York Accused of Sex Abuse," 31 Oct. 2018 The latest tariff list includes several mainstay products of the outdoor industry, such as travel bags, backpacks and the knit fabric used in fleece vests. New York Times, "Trade War With China in Aisle 12," 12 July 2018 Smiling crossing guards in yellow vests fanned out to their usual posts as the sun rose. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "As #RedForEd walkout ends, teachers line up to welcome students back at Mesa school," 4 May 2018 On one side of the fence, a Cat excavator churned earth and men in orange vests lowered turquoise pipes into trenches. Andrew Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rodney Spencer and the struggles and rewards of a West Oakland urban farm," 27 Apr. 2018 One recent sunny Wednesday morning, Kadee Porter, ACHD’s construction coordinator, surveyed the welter of heavy equipment, orange traffic signs and workers in fluorescent vests and hard hats. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "'It's a record year.' Ninety ACHD road projects will test your patience and slow traffic | Idaho Statesman," 27 Apr. 2018 After getting back on the highway, the Glasgows saw another horse, flanked by men in yellow vests, along with the truck and damaged trailer that had been toting it. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Two horses loose on I-795 after accident results in closure of all lanes," 25 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Acton exited Facebook a year before his final batch of stock options vested, a decision that ultimately cost him north of $800 million. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Facebook’s former Messenger boss calls WhatsApp co-founder a ‘new standard of low-class’," 26 Sep. 2018 Line managers then communicate individual payout sums in February and the actual payments, including bonuses vesting from previous years, usually arrive in March, according to two people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg.com, "Deutsche Bank's Bonus Puzzle Just Got Tougher," 9 Jan. 2018 That moment of just releasing the anger and doing it with a man who has been vested with so much power in our country, and then watching that power melt away in front of my eyes was really great. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher Open Up About Confronting Jeff Flake in the Elevator," 29 Oct. 2018 After the changes take effect, the RSU program will be phased out for stocks that vest in 2020 and 2021, and it will be replaced with a direct stock purchase plan by the end of next year. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Amazon eliminates monthly bonuses and stock grants after minimum wage increase," 3 Oct. 2018 It isn’t known if Mr. Luckey needed to make appearances at the office to vest his stock awards. Kirsten Grind, WSJ, "WhatsApp Co-Founder’s ‘Rest and Vest’ Reward From Facebook: $450 Million," 15 Aug. 2018 And be sure the executor doesn't have a vested interest. Barry M. Fish & Les Kotzer, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Creating a Will," 7 Dec. 2010 Claim of authority By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Anatomy of an executive order: What President Trump’s order on family separation does," 21 June 2018 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. BostonGlobe.com, "Read the text of the executive order Trump just signed on family separation," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of vest

Noun

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

History and Etymology for vest

Noun

French veste, from It, from Latin vestis garment

Verb

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

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vest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

vest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vest (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ˈvest \

Kids Definition of vest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sleeveless garment usually worn under a suit coat

vest

verb
vested; vesting

Kids Definition of vest (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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 StatesU.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

History and Etymology for vest

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

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