A vest is a sleeveless piece of clothing that's usually worn over a shirt. Your dad might love to wear his favorite striped sweater vest to parties, which is less embarrassing than when he wears the orange furry one.

There are different kinds of vests, including sweater vests, puffy winter vests, and tailored suit vests, usually worn underneath a formal jacket. Some vests have buttons, and others have zippers or snaps. Some are even bullet proof! When vest is a verb, it means to grant or bestow: "The Queen vests control of the zoos to the Royal Zookeeper." Both meanings of vest come from the same root word, the Latin vestire, "to clothe."

Definitions of vest
  1. noun
    a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat
    synonyms: waistcoat
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    bulletproof vest
    a vest capable of resisting the impact of a bullet
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    an article of clothing
  2. noun
    a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body
    synonyms: singlet, undershirt
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    type of:
    undergarment, unmentionable
    a garment worn under other garments
  3. verb
    provide with power and authority
    “They vested the council with special rights”
    synonyms: enthrone, invest
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    disinvest, divest
    deprive of status or authority
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    consecrate, ordain, order, ordinate
    appoint to a clerical posts
    coronate, crown
    invest with regal power; enthrone
    enthrone, throne
    put a monarch on the throne
    invest with ministerial or priestly authority
    type of:
    instal, install
    put into an office or a position
  4. verb
    place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons
    “She vested her vast fortune in her two sons”
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    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  5. verb
    become legally vested
    “The property vests in the trustees”
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    type of:
    change hands, change owners
    be transferred to another owner
  6. verb
    clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
    clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
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    type of:
    dress, dress up
    dress in a certain manner
  7. verb
    clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
    synonyms: robe
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    type of:
    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
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