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vestnoun [C]

uk   /vest/  us   /vest/
C1 UK (US undershirt) a type of underwear, often with no sleeves, that covers the upper part of the body, worn for extra warmth: a cotton/wool/string vest She always wore a long-sleeved thermal vest in the winter.
UK (also vest top) a shirt without sleeves, usually made out of cotton, that is worn in the summer or for sport: The cyclists were all dressed in tight lycra shorts and the official team team vest. He wore a vest top and a pair of luminous shorts to the beach party.
C2 US (UK waistcoat) a piece of clothing that covers the upper body but not the arms and usually has buttons down the front, worn over a shirt
mainly US (UK also gilet, bodywarmer) a piece of clothing like a jacket without sleeves, that is worn over other clothes for warmth or protection: Wear something warm, like a fleece jacket or a down vest.
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"vest" in American English

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vestnoun [C]

 us   /vest/
  • vest noun [C] (CLOTHING)

a piece of clothing like a coat without sleeves that reaches to the waist: My grandfather always wore his vest buttoned up. The state requires that there be a life vest for each person in the boat.
Br A vest is an undershirt.

vestverb [T]

 us   /vest/ fml
  • vest verb [T] (GIVE POWER TO)

to give someone or something the power to do something: Political power is now vested in an elected parliament.
(Definition of vest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vest" in Business English

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vestverb [I or T]

uk   us   /vest/ FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
if an employee's shares, payments to a pension plan, etc. vest or are vested, there is an agreed period that an employee must work for the company before they can use or sell them: When an employee has worked for the company for five years, their benefits shall be fully vested. Even before restricted shares vest, the employee receives ongoing dividends.
(Definition of vest from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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