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

Examples of vested in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet that's only one way in which Democrats are stomping on their own message because their own members are in hock to vested interests. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 19 Nov. 2021 What to make of the big business Covid-19 has become, with its vested interests? New York Times, 13 Dec. 2021 What to make of the big business COVID-19 has become, with its vested interests? Roger Cohen,, 13 Dec. 2021 But persuading nations around the world, many of which depend on fossil fuels for energy and have their own internal politics and vested interests, to move in a new direction is a herculean challenge. New York Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Beckham, who turns 29 on Friday, must go through the waiver wire because every vested veteran released at this point must go through this process. Omar Kelly,, 5 Nov. 2021 While turbines and solar panels are scattered across the country, Greece clung to oil and lignite coal for decades as vested Greek oil industry interests thwarted change. New York Times, 29 Oct. 2021 My concern is that the various vested interests will stick to the old model, handicapping students (and their parents) into an ever-spiraling cost increase. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Oct. 2021 Continuing with this discourse can have severe ramifications, as knowledge production is geared towards the vested interests of the global north. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of vested

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2022

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“Vested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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