Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Law Settled, fixed, or absolute; being without contingency: a vested right.
  • adj. Dressed or clothed, especially in ecclesiastical vestments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Clothed; robed; wearing vestments.
  • adj. Not in a state of contingency or suspension; fixed.

from The 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.

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

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

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  • 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

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

    The Huichol: personal reminiscences

  • Prof. VAIDHYANATHAN: All of these companies have short term vested interests in maintaining their power.

    Verizon, Google Propose Web Traffic Rules

  • Have a seasoned producer with a long term vested interest in the future of the network read Ann Coulter's column.

    Jeffrey Feldman: Coulter Jokes About Lynching, Still on CNN

  • 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.

    Friend or Foe Business Is Business

  • 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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  • 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