- 1US & Australian A sleeveless, close-fitting waist-length garment worn over a shirt, typically having no collar and buttoning down the front: businessmen wear three-piece pin-striped suits with vests and necktiesMore example sentences
- He settled on a conservative gray jacket with a darker vest beneath it.
- The only decent thing he wore was the sturdy red vest, almost a sleeveless jacket, with black embroidery at the neck and arm holes.
- After a couple of outfits, Sara decided on a sleeveless leather vest and a loose wrap skirt and broad belt.
- 2A garment worn on the upper part of the body for a particular purpose or activity: a running vest a bulletproof vestMore example sentences
- Some of the police were dressed in black fatigues; others were wearing suits underneath bullet-proof vests.
- It has not been much warmer in France than it was in Belgium and we started the first stage in leg warmers, thermal vests, gloves and hats.
- She spent the last few minutes before the race wearing an ice vest to keep her body temperature down.
- 3British An undershirt, typically one without sleeves.More example sentences
- The appeal is now in its final week and priority should be given to the gift donation of vests, warm undergarments, toiletries and socks.
- The major contributions include vests, warm undergarments, warm socks and toiletries.
- They go with everything, look good with a sun tan, can be used as vests under shirts if the weather turns cold and can be slipped on over a swimming costume if the sun gets too strong.
- 3.1 (also vest top) 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 topMore example sentences
- At the entrance, the girls, who were wearing vest tops, were given T-shirts to cover their shoulders.
- The women, dressed in skinny jeans and vest tops, swoop in and out.
- The colour schemes are bright, with yellow and pink tie-dyes and vest tops matched with acid-washed denim.
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- 1 [with object] (usually be vested in) Confer or bestow (power, authority, property, etc.) on someone: executive power is vested in the presidentMore example sentences
confer on, entrust to, invest in, bestow on, grant to, give to, put in the hands of; endow in, lodge in, lay on, place on
- Article II vested the executive power of the federal government in a president and vice president, both elected for four-year terms by specially chosen electors.
- An Arab diplomat, going further, said Arab countries would oppose vesting any authority in the Governing Council.
- He is the rightful representative of the people of Florida and he is the chief executive, in whom the power is vested to execute the law and protect the rights of citizens.
- 1.1 (usually be vested with) Give (someone) the legal right to power, property, etc.: he alone is vested with the authority to steer the country’s economyMore example sentences
- During inauguration, the president is vested with the power and authority of the office.
- Because my theory is that individuals are vested with enormous powers that tend to threaten the state.
- The civic bodies must be given the task of local distribution and could also be vested with the powers to award the local distribution contracts, provided there is a foolproof mechanism for quality control.
- 1.2 [no object] (vest in) (Of power, property, etc.) come into the possession of: the bankrupt’s property vests in his trusteeMore example sentences
- It relies on Section 71 of the B.I.A. that once an assignment in bankruptcy is made, all of the bankrupt's property vests in his or her Trustee.
- Now in bankruptcy the property of a bankrupt vests in his trustee upon the making of the sequestration order.
- It was given to trustees and the property was vested in the Charity Commissioners for the benefit of Haxby people.
- 2 [no object] (Of a chorister or member of the clergy) put on vestments.More example sentences
- We discussed the service as I vested, then waited in the sacristy for the sound of feet on the chapel floor.
- 2.1 [with object] • literary Dress (someone): the Speaker vested him with a rich purple robeMore example sentences
- Now she was vested for the anointing; buskins, sandals and girdle put on, and over all a tabard of white sarsnet, the vestment called the colobium sindonis.
- He was fully vested, with a blue brocade chasuble over his white alb.
- But Jesus is not an ordinary king; he is vested not in fine silks and jewels but in garments of humility and suffering.
play (or keep) one's cards close to one's vest
- see chest.
late Middle English (as a verb): from Old French vestu 'clothed', past participle of vestir, from Latin vestire; the noun (early 17th century, denoting a loose outer garment) from French veste, via Italian from Latin vestis 'garment'.