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 Both gents are simply costumed by Tracy Dorman in nice suits, with Shorey in a flashier vest and bowtie befitting the eccentricity and poshness of his various characters. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Murder for Two’ gets good and silly in Walnut Creek," 11 Sep. 2019 Caudillo reportedly hit Rasmussen's bulletproof vest and his hand. Fox News, "California gang members laugh in court while receiving life sentences for attempted murder of cop: report," 21 Aug. 2019 Tours begin with a 3-D movie presented by a man in a beige safari vest and wide-brimmed hat, brandishing a Bible like a pious Indiana Jones. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019 The kid from Brooklyn is coming home from Florida, 23 years old, curly brown hair down to his shoulders, Indian vest and dungarees. New York Times, "Woodstock 1969: A Story Vastly Bigger Than Editors Realized," 9 Aug. 2019 Not long after, police cars, unmarked vehicles and SWAT teams arrived, the latter in helmets, bulletproof vests and carrying rifles, says Millett. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘I’m friendly with death’: The man killed outside Tacoma ICE detention center had a complex life," 21 July 2019 Aspen has been awash in fleece vests and All Birds this week, thanks in large part to Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference, which rolls into its final day this morning. Fortune, "The ‘Superpower’ Behind Quibi, Meg Whitman’s New Company: The Broadsheet," 17 July 2019 Each hiker donned a bright yellow vest and followed soldiers through the gate, past a guard post and down wooden steps to the seaside trail running along unused train tracks and lined the whole way with a tall barbed wire fence. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "Come hike the demilitarized zone between the Koreas. Please watch your step," 25 June 2019 Instead of scooping up real estate properties, players in the new board game can jockey for groundbreaking inventions and innovations made possible by women, including WiFi, chocolate chip cookies, bulletproof vests and solar heating, Hasbro said. Sarah Min, CBS News, "In Hasbro's new Ms. Monopoly, women earn more than men," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Leading publication L'Equipe report that the Hammers, as well as Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace, are taking a vested interested in his services - and a bid could be placed in the coming weeks. SI.com, "Lanzini Interest, Adrian's Emotional Farewell & Rice Eyeing England Glory: West Ham News Roundup," 5 June 2019 Lawyers and recruiters said that such termination means that Mr. Neumann could have forfeited any earned but not yet vested compensation and any special severance arrangements. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "New Netflix CFO to Earn Almost Twice as Much as Predecessor," 7 Jan. 2019 The whole prosecutorial function is vested by the Constitution in the executive branch. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "“It’s High Time This Whole Matter Get Revisited”," 17 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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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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