[ 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


[ vest ]
/ vɛst /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of vest

1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English < Italian veste robe, dress < Latin vestis garment; (v.) late Middle English < Middle French vestir < Latin vestīre to clothe, derivative of vestis; akin to wear

Related formsvest·less, adjectivevest·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vested


/ (ˈvɛstɪd) /


property law having a present right to the immediate or future possession and enjoyment of propertyCompare contingent


/ (vɛst) /



Derived Formsvestless, adjectivevestlike, adjective

Word Origin for vest

C15: from Old French vestir to clothe, from Latin vestīre, from vestis clothing

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