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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vest \Vest\ (v[e^]st), noun [L. vestis a garment, vesture; akin to Goth. wasti, and E. wear: cf. F. veste. See {Wear} to carry on the person, and cf. {Divest}, {Invest}, {Travesty}.]

1. An article of clothing covering the person; an outer garment; a vestment; a dress; a vesture; a robe.

In state attended by her maiden train, Who bore the vests that holy rites require. --Dryden.

2. Any outer covering; array; garb.

Not seldom clothed in radiant vest Deceitfully goes forth the morn. --Wordsworth.

3. Specifically, a waistcoat, or sleeveless body garment, for men, worn under the coat.

Syn: Garment; vesture; dress; robe; vestment; waistcoat.

Usage: {Vest}, {Waistcoat}. In England, the original word waistcoat is generally used for the body garment worn over the shirt and immediately under the coat. In the United States this garment is commonly called a vest, and the waistcoat is often improperly given to an under-garment.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vest \Vest\ (v[e^]st), verb (used without an object) To come or descend; to be fixed; to take effect, as a title or right; -- followed by in; as, upon the death of the ancestor, the estate, or the right to the estate, vests in the heir at law.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vest \Vest\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Vested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vesting}.] [Cf. L. vestire, vestitum, OF. vestir, F. v[^e]tir. See {Vest}, noun]

1. To clothe with, or as with, a vestment, or garment; to dress; to robe; to cover, surround, or encompass closely.

Came vested all in white, pure as her mind. --Milton.

With ether vested, and a purple sky. --Dryden.

2. To clothe with authority, power, or the like; to put in possession; to invest; to furnish; to endow; -- followed by with before the thing conferred; as, to vest a court with power to try cases of life and death.

Had I been vested with the monarch's power. --Prior.

3. To place or give into the possession or discretion of some person or authority; to commit to another; -- with in before the possessor; as, the power of life and death is vested in the king, or in the courts.

Empire and dominion was [were] vested in him. --Locke.

4. To invest; to put; as, to vest money in goods, land, or houses. [R.]

5. (Law) To clothe with possession; as, to vest a person with an estate; also, to give a person an immediate fixed right of present or future enjoyment of; as, an estate is vested in possession. --Bouvier.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat [syn: {vest}, {waistcoat}]

2: a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body [syn: {singlet}, {vest}, {undershirt}]


1: provide with power and authority; "They vested the council with special rights" [syn: {invest}, {vest}, {enthrone}] [ant: {disinvest}, {divest}]

2: place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons; "She vested her vast fortune in her two sons"

3: become legally vested; "The property vests in the trustees"

4: clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments

5: clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes [syn: {vest}, {robe}]

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