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
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 How to pronounce vest (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 Riley took off his bulletproof vest, dropped his weapons and walked outside with his hands up. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 Riley was wounded in his stomach by gunfire that went through his protective vest, Judd said. NBC News, 9 Sep. 2021 Brueggeman was hit several times in his ballistic vest and in the upper left arm, which caused significant injury and bleeding, the affidavit said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Aug. 2021 At least one caller told 911 dispatchers that the shooter appeared to be wearing an armored vest. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2021 Heating up in less than five minutes and holding heat for up to eight hours, this weather-resistant heated vest has heating elements on the back, both sides of the abdomen, and in the collar. Field & Stream, 12 Mar. 2021 Get this sleek Patagonia vest in the color Hammonds Gold for an extra-low price. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2020 This vest is available in sizes XS to 2XL, and is one piece from Prois' new line of offerings, all available in the company’s proprietary Cumbre camo pattern. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 18 Nov. 2020 With its mesh build, this vest breathed like a champ. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even in 2026 and ‘27, Allen’s guarantees vest a year ahead of time, increasing his likelihood of seeing the contract most, if not all, of the way through. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2021 Boards of directors use stock options that vest over time at various prices as a way to align CEO performance with the company’s share price. Grace Lieberman, Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2021 The second and final portions of the award can vest in April 2022 and April 2023, respectively. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021 Kreps owned about 25 million shares, per Confluent’s S-1 regulatory filing, with another 1.2 million shares in vested options and nearly 4.6 million shares yet to vest. Alex Konrad, Forbes, 24 June 2021 The options, which would allow Mr. Schmidt to buy shares for $11.41 apiece, vest over three years if the company’s share price stays above $20 for 30 consecutive days. Ben Foldy, WSJ, 21 June 2021 Both OpenOcean and Orion are fascinating examples of cutting-edge DeFi applications that vest more power into the hands of users, while offering the best of both centralized and decentralized worlds. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Those figures include some equity awards that have yet to vest. Theo Francis, WSJ, 19 May 2021 Associates will be granted shares of the company on an annual basis and will vest over several years. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2021

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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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15 Sep 2021

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“Vest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vest. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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vest

noun

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

vest

verb

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

: 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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