Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Law Settled, fixed, or absolute; being without contingency.
  • adjective Having full ownership rights, especially after certain conditions such as a period of service, have been met.
  • adjective Dressed or clothed, especially in ecclesiastical vestments.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Clothed; robed; wearing vestments.
  • adjective (Law) Not in a state of contingency or suspension; fixed.
  • adjective (Law) a legacy the right to which commences in præsenti, and does not depend on a contingency; as, a legacy to one to be paid when he attains to twenty-one years of age is a vested legacy, and if the legatee dies before the testator, his representative shall receive it.
  • adjective (Law) an estate settled, to remain to a determined person, after the particular estate is spent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective : (law) settled, fixed or absolute, with no contingencies.
  • adjective : dressed or clothed, especially in vestments
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of vest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective fixed and absolute and without contingency

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Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    NYT > Home Page

  • 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.

    Paul Loeb: Suppose Your Actions Swung the Election

  • 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.

    Paul Loeb: Suppose Your Actions Swung the Election

  • The big money insurance companies where you people's money are vested is the only ones who will benefit.

    Republicans raising cash to counter-program ABC Obama special

  • I began to discover that certain vested interests involving the Huichol did not welcome outsiders.

    The Huichol: more personal reminiscences

  • 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.

    Paul Loeb: Suppose Your Actions Swung the Election

  • I began to discover that certain vested interests involving the Huichol did not welcome outsiders.

    The Huichol: more personal reminiscences

  • 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.

    Paul Loeb: Suppose Your Actions Swung the Election

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  • WIZARD

    Therefore, by virtue of the authority

    vested in me by the Universitatus

    Committeeatum e plurbis unum, I hereby

    confer upon you the honorary degree of Th.D

    June 11, 2010