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From Anglo-Norman revestir, revestre et al., Middle French revestir, and their source, Late Latin revestire, from Latin re- + to clothe.



revest ‎(third-person singular simple present revests, present participle revesting, simple past and past participle revested)

  1. (obsolete) To dress (a priest or other religious figure) in ritual garments, especially to celebrate Mass or another service.
  2. To reclothe; to dress again.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
      Her nathelesse / Th'enchaunter finding fit for his intents, / Did thus reuest, and deckt with due habiliments.
  3. To return (property) to a former owner; to reinstate
  4. To invest again with possession or office.
    to revest a magistrate with authority