1. Law Settled, fixed, or absolute; being without contingency: a vested right.
2. Having full ownership rights, especially after certain conditions such as a period of service, have been met: vested stock options; an employee vested in a retirement account.
3. Dressed or clothed, especially in ecclesiastical vestments.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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