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

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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for unvested


  1. 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 unvested



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

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