Vest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vested; p. pr. & vb. n. Vesting.]
1. To clothe with, or as with, a vestment, or garment; to dress; to robe; to cover, surround, or encompass closely.
Came vested all in white, pure as her mind. --Milton.
With ether vested, and a purple sky. --Dryden.
2. To clothe with authority, power, or the like; to put in possession; to invest; to furnish; to endow; -- followed by with before the thing conferred; as, to vest a court with power to try cases of life and death.
Had I been vested with the monarch's power. --Prior.
3. To place or give into the possession or discretion of some person or authority; to commit to another; -- with in before the possessor; as, the power of life and death is vested in the king, or in the courts.
Empire and dominion was [were] vested in him. --Locke.
4. To invest; to put; as, to vest money in goods, land, or houses. [R.]
5. Law To clothe with possession; as, to vest a person with an estate; also, to give a person an immediate fixed right of present or future enjoyment of; as, an estate is vested in possession.
1. Clothed; robed; wearing vestments. “The vested priest.”
2. Law Not in a state of contingency or suspension; fixed; as, vested rights; vested interests.
Vested legacy Law, a legacy the right to which commences in praesenti, and does not depend on a contingency; as, a legacy to one to be paid when he attains to twenty-one years of age is a vested legacy, and if the legatee dies before the testator, his representative shall receive it. --Blackstone.
Vested remainder Law, an estate settled, to remain to a determined person, after the particular estate is spent. --Blackstone. --Kent.
adj : fixed and absolute and without contingency; "a vested right"