vest·​ed | \ ˈve-stəd How to pronounce vested (audio) \

Definition of vested

1 : fully and unconditionally guaranteed as a legal right, benefit, or privilege the vested benefits of the pension plan
2 : having a vest a vested suit

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Recent Examples on the Web After the trade deadline, vested veterans are not immediately eligible to sign with any team. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens waive Luke Willson, leaving team with just one active TE," 19 Dec. 2020 That’s what grassroots movements do, pushing against vested interests that, when under enough pressure, typically prefer half-measures to profound transformation. Astra Taylor, The New Yorker, "How the Biden Administration Can Free Americans from Student Debt," 23 Nov. 2020 Political actors who have various vested interests in a second term of Trump have filled the network’s air with baseless claims of Democrats’ malfeasance and, consequently, the wide-scale failures of a free and fair election. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Fox News Hits a Dangerous New Low," 6 Nov. 2020 At the same time, however, this ecosystem is creating a powerful lobby that has a vested financial interest in keeping the pressure on for yet more SRI, stakeholder capitalism and all the rest. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: SPACs & Stimulus," 1 Oct. 2020 Ginn is a vested veteran, so the Bears are not going to cut him and have to pay him termination pay — the remainder of his base salary for this season. Brad Biggs,, "Chicago Bears Q&A: Why extend Tarik Cohen now? Will Darnell Mooney cut into Anthony Miller’s playing time? What’s the deal with the defense?," 23 Sep. 2020 As this case shows, vested interests played a significant role in shaping a success narrative despite apparent problems. Jessie Luna, Quartz Africa, "How the “success story” of genetically modified cotton in Burkina Faso fell apart," 4 Sep. 2020 Reforms in the electricity sector have been stymied by protests and the vested interests of private generator companies, some with connections to political figures. Samya Kullab And Nabil Al-jurani, The Christian Science Monitor, "In heat-struck Iraq, power shortages prompt protests," 4 Aug. 2020 The amendment was meant to keep vested interests from handing out free tickets and golf weekends, not punish public officials for paying the asking price to attend or speak at conferences, charity dinners and the like out of their own pockets. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, "Friednash: Ethics commission failed public and politicians in Hickenlooper ruling," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of vested

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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vest·​ed | \ ˈves-təd How to pronounce vested (audio) \

Legal Definition of vested

1 : 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
2 : having a vested interest a vested employee a vested beneficiary

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