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WordNet 2.0
  • a collarless men''s undergarment for the upper part of the body
  • a man''s sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat
  • clothe formally
  • especially in ecclesiastical robes
  • clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
  • become legally vested
  • "The property vests in the trustees"
  • place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons
  • "She vested her vast fortune in her two sons"
  • provide with power and authority
  • "They vested the council with special rights"
vest
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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. -- 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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