from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sleeveless garment, often having buttons down the front, worn usually over a shirt or blouse and sometimes as part of a three-piece suit.
- n. A waist-length, sleeveless garment worn for protection: a warm down vest; a bulletproof vest.
- n. A fabric trim worn to fill in the neckline of a woman's garment; a vestee.
- n. Chiefly British An undershirt.
- n. Archaic Clothing; raiment.
- n. Obsolete An ecclesiastical vestment.
- transitive v. To place (authority, property, or rights, for example) in the control of a person or group, especially to give someone an immediate right to present or future possession or enjoyment of (an estate, for example). Used with in: vested his estate in his daughter.
- transitive v. To invest or endow (a person or group) with something, such as power or rights. Used with with: vested the council with broad powers; vests its employees with full pension rights after five years of service.
- transitive v. To clothe or robe, as in ecclesiastical vestments.
- intransitive v. To become legally vested.
- intransitive v. To dress oneself, especially in ecclesiastical vestments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A loose robe or outer garment worn historically by men in Arabic or Middle Eastern countries.
- n. A sleeveless garment that buttons down the front, worn over a shirt, and often as part of a suit; a waistcoat.
- n. A sleeveless garment, often with a low-cut neck, usually worn under a shirt or blouse.
- n. A sleeveless top, typically with identifying colours or logos, worn by an athlete or member of a sports team.
- n. Any sleeveless outer garment, often for a purpose such as identification, safety, or storage.
- v. : (commonly used of financial arrangements) To become vested, to become permanent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An article of clothing covering the person; an outer garment; a vestment; a dress; a vesture; a robe.
- n. Any outer covering; array; garb.
- n. Specifically, a waistcoat, or sleeveless body garment, for men, worn under the coat.
- transitive v. To clothe with, or as with, a vestment, or garment; to dress; to robe; to cover, surround, or encompass closely.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To place or give into the possession or discretion of some person or authority; to commit to another; -- with in before the possessor.
- transitive v. To invest; to put.
- transitive v. To clothe with possession; ; also, to give a person an immediate fixed right of present or future enjoyment of.
- intransitive v. To come or descend; to be fixed; to take effect, as a title or right; -- followed by in.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An article of clothing covering the person; an outer garment; a vestment.
- n. Figuratively, garment; dress; array; vesture.
- n. A body-garment for men's wear, at different times of distinct types
- n. A body-garment of later times; especially, the waistcoat in the ordinary modern sense—that is, a short garment without sleeves, buttoning down the front, and having the back concealed by the coat.
- n. An outer garment, or part of such a garment, for women.
- n. An undergarment knitted or woven on the stocking-loom. Vest and undervest are more common in England; undershirt in the United States.
- To clothe with or as with a garment, vest, or vestment; robe; dress; cover, surround, or encompass closely.
- To invest or clothe, as with authority; put in possession (of); endow; put more or less formally in occupation (of): followed by with.
- To place or put in possession or at the disposal of; give or confer formally or legally an immediate fixed right of present or future possession, occupancy, or enjoyment of; commit to: followed by in.
- To lay out, as money or capital; invest: as, to vest money in land. [Rare.] Imp. Dict.
- To put on clothing or vestments.
- To come or descend; devolve; take effect, as a title or right: with in.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
- v. clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
- v. place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons
- n. a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat
- n. a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body
- v. provide with power and authority
- v. become legally vested
French veste, robe, from Italian vesta, from Latin vestis, garment.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French veste ("a vest, jacket"), from Latin vestis ("a garment, gown, robe, vestment, clothing, vesture"). (Wiktionary)