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 It's funded by the insurance industry, which has a vested interest in safer cars. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "IIHS Top Safety Pick Prize Goes to Record Number of Vehicles for 2021," 26 Feb. 2021 That means the private sector has a vested interest in protecting democratic processes and rights. Paul Polman, Fortune, "Business must take a stand on Myanmar’s military coup," 20 Feb. 2021 And all three men — who have much of their net worth tied up in the company — have a vested interest in the stability of the firm. New York Times, "Apollo C.E.O. to Step Down After Firm Finds More Payments to Jeffrey Epstein," 25 Jan. 2021 Debenham said his firm, which was founded and is based in Anchorage, has a vested interest in improving the city’s neighborhoods. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "In partnership with city, Anchorage developer plans new downtown apartment complex near Park Strip," 9 Jan. 2021 The Tokyo Olympics has no shortage of wealthy stakeholders: team sponsors, the media, and others have a vested interest in making the games work. Alan Levine, STAT, "Let the ultra-rich and influential skip the line for Covid-19 vaccines? Hear me out," 22 Dec. 2020 The Dodgers are among the teams with a vested interest in knowing the answer as soon as possible. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Time for the Lakers to bench LeBron James?," 8 Dec. 2020 In this model, the survival of the host determines the survival of the phage, so the phage has a vested interest in maintaining its host. David Pride, Scientific American, "Viruses Can Help Us as Well as Harm Us," 7 Dec. 2020 Facebook clearly has a vested interest in being able to track iOS users in a very granular and thorough way, and the company does indeed stand to lose its position if individuals become able to opt out. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Apple moving forward with plan to limit “creepy” user tracking," 20 Nov. 2020

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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 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vested interest

: a personal or private reason for wanting something to be done or to happen

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Legal Definition of vested interest

— see interest sense 1

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