Pronunciation: (ves'tid), [key]
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, esp. in ecclesiastical vestments: a vested priest.
4. having a vest; sold with a vest: a vested suit.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.