Vest

Definition of Vest

Pronunciation: vĕst
n.1.
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.
v. t.1.To clothe with, or as with, a vestment, or garment; to dress; to robe; to cover, surround, or encompass closely.
[imp. & p. p. Vested; p. pr. & vb. n. Vesting.]
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.
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.
v. i.1.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.

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