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, 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

Equipping sworn Roswell police officers with a medication to reverse opiate overdoses, and seeking federal funding for officers’ bulletproof vests, have been approved by the City Council. David Ibata, ajc, "Roswell OKs Narcan anti-opioid drug for cops," 18 May 2018 During one activity, Tomei, a counselor-in-training, tried on a bulletproof vest after climbing out of an armored BearCat vehicle. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "Giving Back To Hartford Youth, Police Departments Statewide Attend 'Law Enforcement Day' At Camp Courant," 11 July 2018 Investigators seized assault rifle manufacturing equipment and parts along with 3 pounds of methamphetamine, vehicles and a silencer, as well as a stack of bulletproof vests. Richard Winton, latimes.com, "L.A. gangs stockpile untraceable 'ghost guns' that members make themselves," 6 July 2018 According to NBC News, the removable ballistic shields given to Saint Cornelius Catholic School students could turn their backpacks into bulletproof vests. Anne Branigin, The Root, "This Is America: Pennsylvania School Gifts Graduating 8th-Graders With Bulletproof School Accessories," 5 June 2018 Other examples that came to mind are when teachers or organizations buy school supplies for classrooms, or bulletproof vests for police officers. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Blue Island is better looking, more engaged after tree-planting campaign," 23 May 2018 Fox 29 reports that eighth-graders at St. Cornelius Catholic School in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania were gifted with bulletproof inserts that can turn their backpacks into bulletproof vests in the event of a school shooter. Essence.com, "Pennsylvania School Gifts Graduating 8th Graders With Bulletproof School Accessories," 6 June 2018 The guard pulled out a gun and shot Jackson, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, the newspaper reported. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hammond armored vehicle robbery first in Indiana in 5 years," 11 May 2018 Bob Day arrived at the scene without a ballistic vest, and called Reyna, the incident commander, away to brief him on what was happening. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Portland police Chief Danielle Outlaw taps Bob Day to serve as her deputy chief," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Our neighbor Jon Huffman — a talented actor with Kentucky Shakespeare and all around amazing human being — had gone online some time ago to get the power vested in him to officiate weddings. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "How to be an Airbnb superstar: You help your guests elope," 14 June 2018 An array of injuries and a two-month stint in the minor leagues last season prevented Brandon Morrow from thinking about reaching the necessary 10 years of service time to be fully vested in Major League Baseball Players’ pension plan. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' Brandon Morrow relishes 10 years of major-league service time," 17 June 2018 About $116 million of his package—stock options that were to vest over four years—vanished with Mr. Harrison’s death on Dec. 16, the company said in its annual proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Deceased CSX Chief Hunter Harrison Was Among Top-Paid CEOs," 6 Apr. 2018 The new system, which was first reported by Bloomberg, will allow a quarter of employee stock options to vest each year. Tracey Lien, latimes.com, "Snap is laying off 120 staffers as part of a plan to overhaul its engineering team," 8 Mar. 2018 The conservative groups that Marzian and Wayne want to vest power with already control the state. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "This is the single most ridiculous piece of proposed legislation in a quarter century," 28 Feb. 2018 Joe Cohn, the legislative and policy director for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education group that advocates for accused students' due process rights, said affirmative consent education would vest unrealistic expectations in students. Alice Yin, Detroit Free Press, "Should Michigan sex education require 'yes means yes' curriculum?," 3 June 2018 The plan, modeled on a 2012 pay package, includes more than 20 million in stock options that would vest in 12 tranches, each with shares equal to 1% of the company’s total shares outstanding as of Jan. 21. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Tesla Investors OK Plan That Could Pay Musk Billions," 21 Mar. 2018 These shares will vest over the next five years, according to WPP. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "WPP Probed Whether Former CEO Martin Sorrell Used Company Money for a Prostitute," 9 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

Verb

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

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More Definitions for vest

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

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