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vested interest

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noun
  1. a special interest in an existing system, arrangement, or institution for particular personal reasons.
  2. a permanent right given to an employee under a pension plan.
  3. vested interests, the persons, groups, etc., who benefit the most from existing business or financial systems.
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Origin of vested interest

First recorded in 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for vested interest

vested interest

noun
  1. property law an existing and disposable right to the immediate or future possession and enjoyment of property
  2. a strong personal concern in a state of affairs, system, etc, usually resulting in private gain
  3. a person or group that has such an interest
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vested interest in Culture

vested interest

A phrase that indicates a deep personal (and possibly financial) interest in some political or economic proposal: “As a major stockholder of the Ford Motor Company, Senator Bilge had a vested interest in legislation restricting the import of Japanese autos.” The plural, vested interests, often refers to powerful, wealthy property holders: “His radical policies enraged vested interests.”

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Idioms and Phrases with vested interest

vested interest

A personal stake in something, as in She has a vested interest in keeping the house in her name. This term, first recorded in 1818, uses vested in the sense of “established” or “secured.”

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