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Meaning of “vest” in the English Dictionary

"vest" in British English

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vestnoun [C]

uk   us   /vest/
C1 UK (US undershirt) a ​type of ​underwear, often with no ​sleeves, that ​covers the ​upperpart of the ​body, ​worn for ​extrawarmth: 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 ​tightlycrashorts and the ​official teamteam vest. He ​wore a vest ​top and a ​pair of ​luminousshorts to the ​beachparty.C2 US (UK waistcoat) a ​piece of ​clothing that ​covers the ​upperbody 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 ​fleecejacket or a down vest.
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(Definition of vest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"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 ​staterequires 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 ​electedparliament.
(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 ​pensionplan, etc. vest or are vested, there is an ​agreedperiod 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 ​restrictedshares vest, the ​employee receives ongoing ​dividends.
(Definition of vest from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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