Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To invest (someone) again with power or ownership; reinstate.
  • transitive v. To vest (power, for example) once again in a person or an agency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To dress (a priest or other religious figure) in ritual garments, especially to celebrate Mass or another service.
  • v. To reclothe; to dress again.
  • v. To return (property) to a former owner; to reinstate
  • v. To re-award an office of authority

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To take effect or vest again, as a title; to revert to former owner.
  • transitive v. To clothe again; to cover, as with a robe; to robe.
  • transitive v. To vest again with possession or office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reclothe; cover again as with a garment.
  • To invest; robe; clothe, especially in the vestments of state or office.
  • To reinvest; vest again with ownership or office: as, to revesta magistrate with authority.
  • To take possession of again; secure again as a possession or right.
  • To take effect again, as a title; return to a former owner: as, the title or right revests in A after alienation.

Etymologies

From Anglo-Norman revestier, revestre et al., Middle French revestir, and their source, Late Latin revestire, from Latin re- + vestīre ("to clothe"). (Wiktionary)

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