American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Law Settled, fixed, or absolute; being without contingency: a vested right.
- adj. Dressed or clothed, especially in ecclesiastical vestments.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Clothed; especially, wearing, or having assumed, state robes or some ceremonial costume: as, a vested choir.
- In heraldry, clothed; draped: used especially when the clothing is of a different tincture from the rest of the bearing. This blazon is more usual when only a part of the body is represented. Also clothed.
- Not in a state of contingency or suspension: fixed. In law: Already acouired; existing, in contemplation of law, in a certain person as owner: as, a law is not to be construed so as to impair vested rights without compensation. See
- adj. : (law) settled, fixed or absolute, with no contingencies.
- adj. : dressed or clothed, especially in vestments
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of vest.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Clothed; robed; wearing vestments.
- adj. (Law) Not in a state of contingency or suspension; fixed.
- adj. fixed and absolute and without contingency
“In recent months, some Communist Party elites have privately debated the necessity of those reforms with renewed vigor; some of the discussion has crept into public discourse, and there are a growing number of attacks by intellectuals and former officials on what they call the "vested interests" that threaten to take China further down the road of crony capitalism.”
“The big money insurance companies where you people's money are vested is the only ones who will benefit.”
“I began to discover that certain vested interests involving the Huichol did not welcome outsiders.”
“Suppose you once again vested your time, money, and yes, your battered hopes, and then helped elect some good people and stop some blindly destructive ones.”
“If the former, surely that ` s a serious breach of New York laws, and if the latter, shouldn ` t Cuomo resign on the grounds he can ` t possibly represent the people who elected him when he ` s also acting in vested corporate interests?”
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“The U.S. has a long term vested interest in supporting the House of Saud, and no interest runs deeper than that with the House of Bush.”
“Occasionally, the Central Bank would issue a warning, as did a few others -- the odd economist, for example -- but they were drowned out by almost everybody else, by the politicians, the bankers and the media, all of whom had a short-term vested interest in letting the good times roll.”
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