- an undergarment worn on the upper part of the body, typically having no sleeves.；a woman's sleeveless top
- confer or bestow (power, authority, property, etc.) on someone；give (someone) the legal right to power, property, etc.
verb: vest, 3rd person present: vests, gerund or present participle: vesting, past tense: vested, past participle: vested
noun: vest, plural noun: vests
- 1. British an undergarment worn on the upper part of the body, typically having no sleeves.
- ▪ a woman's sleeveless top she stepped out in a striped vest and skinny jeans with strappy black heels Kim looked chic in her pink jeans and white vest top
- 2. a garment worn on the upper part of the body for a particular purpose a running vest a bulletproof vest
- 3. US, Australian a waistcoat or sleeveless jacket.
- 1. confer or bestow (power, authority, property, etc.) on someone executive power is vested in the President
- ▪ give (someone) the legal right to power, property, etc. the local planning authorities are vested with powers to regulate land use and development
- ▪ (of power, property, etc.) come into the possession of the bankrupt's property vests in his trustee
- 2. (of a chorister or member of the clergy) put on vestments he approaches the altar to vest for Mass
- ▪ literary dress (someone) the Speaker vested him with a rich purple robe