[ ves-tid ]
/ ˈvɛs tɪd /


held completely, permanently, and inalienably: vested rights.
protected or established by law, commitment, tradition, ownership, etc.: vested contributions to a fund.
clothed or robed, especially in ecclesiastical vestments: a vested priest.
having a vest; sold with a vest: a vested suit.

Nearby words

  1. vesta,
  2. vestal,
  3. vestal virgin,
  4. vestal virgins,
  5. vestavia hills,
  6. vested interest,
  7. vestee,
  8. vesterålen islands,
  9. vestiary,
  10. vestibular

Origin of vested

First recorded in 1665–75; vest + -ed2

Related formsnon·vest·ed, adjectiveun·vest·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-vested

  • State aid to non-vested schools was withdrawn as from 31st December, 1880.

    Our First Half-Century|Government of Queensland
  • Schools were 79 divided into two classes—vested and non-vested.

    Our First Half-Century|Government of Queensland

British Dictionary definitions for non-vested


/ (ˈvɛstɪd) /


property law having a present right to the immediate or future possession and enjoyment of propertyCompare contingent
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Word Origin and History for non-vested



"established, secured, settled," 1766, past participle adjective from vest (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper