vest

noun
\ ˈvest How to pronounce vest (audio) \

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

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 How to pronounce vestlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for vest

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Rovie fired his handgun, striking the driver officer's portable radio positioned on the front of his bulletproof vest. Chase Hunter, azcentral, "Phoenix police identify man fatally shot by officers during struggle over gun," 7 Jan. 2020 The shooting led Portland police to bar officers from carrying knives on their outer vests. oregonlive, "35 homicides in Portland in 2019 involved victims ranging in age from 18 to 65," 1 Jan. 2020 The portrait of a somber Mckesson, dressed in one of his signature blue vests and standing in front of a yellow background, was one of 46 finalists in the gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, held every three years. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore activist DeRay Mckesson was added to the National Portrait Gallery, and he just stopped by for a visit," 5 Dec. 2019 This attack, the police said, had been carried out by a man wearing a fake bomb vest, a former prisoner who had been convicted of terrorism offenses in 2012. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "London Attack Spurs Heroism and Questions About a Prisoner’s Release," 30 Nov. 2019 EkSo Bionics Its vest supports workers’ arms and backs to provide superhero strength, reducing fatigue and injury. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "How Robots Are Changing the Construction Industry," 23 Nov. 2019 Auriemma kept his cards relatively close to his vest when asked on Friday to discuss his 2020 recruiting class, which all signed their national letters of intent over the last week. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "UConn women: Geno wants to do a better job of limiting minutes of banged-up Crystal Dangerfield, what the team does to bond on road trips, and more," 23 Nov. 2019 One freelance photographer, May James, was arrested and detained overnight, despite wearing her high-visibility press vest and carrying the necessary press credentials. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong journalists took over a police news conference in protest," 28 Oct. 2019 There is even an annual free Mayor Max calendar in which this white collar canine and his deputies, in their security vests, pose as playmates of the month from January through December. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: A pooch in politics: Meet Idyllwild’s Mayor Max," 20 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The farmers, commercial interest groups and others looking for cheap land all have a clear vested interest in deforestation going ahead, but any possible short-term gain is clearly outweighed by long-term loss. Popular Science, "The Amazon has shrunk by 24,000 square miles over the last decade," 31 Dec. 2019 That is true even of powers vested exclusively in the chief executive. Steve Geimann, Bloomberg.com, "House Panel Defends Impeachment Process From GOP Criticism," 7 Dec. 2019 The farmers, commercial interest groups and others looking for cheap land all have a clear vested interest in deforestation going ahead, but any possible short-term gain is clearly outweighed by long-term loss. Liberty Vittert, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Amazon Has Lost More Than Ten Million Football Fields of Forest in a Decade," 26 Sep. 2018 Total pay includes salary, bonus, perks and stock that vested and/or stock options that were exercised — in other words, taxable compensation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How the 16 highest-paid CEOs of San Diego public companies made their money," 14 July 2019 Employer contributions may take several years to fully vest, but 403(b) plans are more likely to feature quicker or immediate vesting. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Alphabet's a solid buy, what to do when the market plunges and this week's trivia," 25 Aug. 2019 Another $21 million came in the form of restricted shares which vest over time and $5.7 million in stock options. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Median pay for Colorado executive rises in 2018, despite down year for most investors," 11 Aug. 2019 For a guy with a job that almost no one on the planet has, Denny is shockingly dull, and Ventimiglia fails to vest him with even an iota of personality. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," 8 Aug. 2019 Allowing Camp Courant to continue to succeed and to grow is a commitment all alumni should be a vested in. courant.com, "Working as a Camp Courant counselor inspires pride, joy and continual devotion," 21 June 2019

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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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The first known use of vest was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vest.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vest. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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vest

noun
How to pronounce vest (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vest

 (Entry 1 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
British : a man's sleeveless undershirt

vest

verb

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

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

vest

noun
\ ˈvest How to pronounce vest (audio) \

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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