vest·​ed ˈve-stəd How to pronounce vested (audio)
: fully and unconditionally guaranteed as a legal right, benefit, or privilege
the vested benefits of the pension plan
: having a vest
a vested suit

Examples of vested in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And despite their differences, both China and the U.S. have a vested interest in preventing the war from triggering a wider regional conflict. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 In my view, exposing the tactics that vested interests use to manipulate the public can make consumers and regulators savvier and help deter other industries from using their playbook. The Conversation, Ars Technica, 4 Nov. 2023 The opening Mass and seating arrangements made that clear: The lay participants led off the processional into St. Peter's Square, followed by the vested clerics, suggesting their primacy of place. Nicole Winfield The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 5 Oct. 2023 However popular the idea of tunneling in new water may be among the voters and vested interests of the Southwest, far more radical change may be necessary. Kyle Paoletta, The New Republic, 30 Oct. 2023 Bass, of course, has a vested interest in Timberlake re-entering the public’s good graces, especially following their boy band’s reunion at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. Tom Smyth, Vulture, 28 Oct. 2023 The new information presents a stark counter to recent dismissals of the technology, which are often financed by those with vested interests in the fossil fuel industry. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 13 Sep. 2023 Successful land-management strategies must be all-inclusive and involve a variety of groups and individuals who have a vested interest in reducing fire risk. Curtis Abraham, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2023 All employees are also entitled to their vested restricted stock units, bonuses, a cash contribution for health insurance, and three to six months of outplacement services, per the complaint. Todd Spangler, Variety, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vested was in 1766

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“Vested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


vest·​ed ˈves-təd How to pronounce vested (audio)
: fully and absolutely established as a right, benefit, or privilege : not dependent on any contingency or condition
specifically : not subject to forfeiture if employment terminates before retirement
vested pension benefits
: having a vested interest
a vested employee
a vested beneficiary
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