a close-fitting, waist-length, sleeveless garment that buttons down the front, designed to be worn under a jacket.
a part or trimming simulating the front of such a garment; vestee. Cf. (def. 1).
a waist-length garment worn for protective purposes: a bulletproof vest.
a sleeveless, waist- or hip-length garment made of various materials, with a front opening usually secured by buttons, a zipper, or the like, worn over a shirt, blouse, dress, or other article for style or warmth: a sweater vest; a down vest.
an undervest or undershirt.
a long garment resembling a cassock, worn by men in the time of Charles II.
an outer garment, robe, or gown.
an ecclesiastical vestment.
to avoid taking unnecessary risks.
to clothe; dress; robe.
to dress in ecclesiastical vestments: to vest a bishop.
to cover or drape (an altar).
to place or settle (something, esp. property, rights, powers, etc.) in the possession or control of someone (usually fol. by in): to vest authority in a new official.
to invest or endow (a person, group, committee, etc.) with something, as powers, functions, or rights: to vest the board with power to increase production; to vest an employee with full benefits in the pension plan.
to put on vestments.
to become vested in a person, as a right.
to devolve upon a person as possessor; pass into possession or ownership.