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vested interest


  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.

vested interest


  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

vested interest

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of vested interest1

First recorded in 1810–20

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

“Everyone has a vested interest in getting the world back to normal as quickly as possible,” said Jon Gieselman, President of Expedia Brands.

From Digiday

So knowing all that, in some respects, there’s just this culture of fear that some people — it could be police unions or political interests — have a vested interest in promoting.

From Vox

Of course, they have a huge vested interest in getting it right but that ultimately is a very good thing for the digital ad industry and its constituents as Google won’t make moves in the way Apple has.

From Digiday

Put your point of view in because a lot of the people attending these meetings are big players with big vested interests.

Yet in light of their vested interests, and with an arsenal limited to vapid statements, this seems out of the question.

From Time

Surely, for anyone with a vested interest in science, reason, and the idea of secular politics, this is deeply depressing news.

“[Patients] have a vested interest in seeing the product developed,” he says.

But the key feature of a lobbyist is that he has a vested interest.

And the doctors come off as remarkably patient and understanding people who take a vested interest in their patients.

I am skeptical, as I have a vested interest, having dated a foreigner for many years.

A word must also be said about the opposition to reform of the vested interest of the classical and coercive schoolmaster.

The police who had purchased their promotion in this fashion naturally felt that they had a vested interest in their posts.

Perhaps,” said Bob, “upon general principles you may be right; but then remember that we have a vested interest in the line.

On one occasion that fellow Sims had driven over the only vested interest of a working man.

One would think Seaweed safe enough for a vested interest, surely.


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More About Vested Interest

What does vested interest mean?

A vested interest is a special interest in something due to a personal reason, especially the potential to benefit from the situation

If you didn’t study for a test and you ask your teacher to change the test date, you have a vested interest in their answer.

A vested interest is a personal stake, often tied to money or power, as in I have a vested interest in you winning this match—I bet a lot of money on you!

A company or organization can also have a vested interest, as in Tobacco companies have a vested interest in the prevention of any laws that would reduce smoking.

The plural vested interests is used to refer to those people or organizations that will benefit from a system, arrangement, or situation.

Example: As the owner of the company, Michelle had a vested interest in seeing it succeed.

Where does vested interest come from?

The first records of vested interest come from around the 1810s. In the phrase, the word vested means “secured” or “established.”

If you have a vested interest in a situation, you care very much about what happens—the situation has secured your interest.

Sometimes, a vested interest might create a conflict of interest—a situation in which someone stands to benefit personally by making a decision in their own interest instead of following their responsibility to act in the interest of others or the public.

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How is vested interest used in real life?

Vested interest is often used in situations when someone has something to gain from someone else’s success or failure.



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Is vested interest used correctly in the following sentence?

The director wanted the film to be a success because he had a vested interest in it—professionally and financially.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.