vested interest


Definition of vested interest

1 : an interest (such as a title to an estate) carrying a legal right of present or future enjoyment specifically : a right vested in an employee under a pension plan
2 : a special concern or stake in maintaining or influencing a condition, arrangement, or action especially for selfish ends
3 : one having a vested interest in something specifically : a group enjoying benefits from an existing economic or political privilege

Examples of vested interest in a Sentence

She has a vested interest in seeing the business sold, as she'll make a profit from the sale.
Recent Examples on the Web Bankman-Fried and other individuals and companies with a vested interest have deep pockets but are facing down the same challenges that many in this economy are dealing with – high inflation, rising rates, and more. Alex Tapscott, Fortune, 28 June 2022 Everyone has a vested interest in the hiring process. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 20 June 2022 So many people have a vested interest in believing the lies being spouted about January 6. Michael Fanone, CNN, 12 June 2022 But Steve Fessler and Randy Lord have a vested interest in one particular show — and not just any show. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 11 June 2022 To keep schools open for children, all communities must take a vested interest in consistently following virus mitigation protocols, Bost said. Lillian Reed,, 7 Jan. 2022 But one thing is clear: in spite of their assurances, the tech giants are not, at present, winning the battle against those with a vested interest in denying and delaying climate action. David Vetter, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 In an interview, Amon said Qualcomm and other chip companies have a vested interest in keeping Arm as independent as possible, a position that has helped facilitate the rapid growth of the semiconductor industry. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 31 May 2022 But those same changes have also left a sour taste in some players’ mouths who publishers have a vested interest in keeping happy — their live streams help market games. Ethan Davison, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vested interest

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vested interest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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